The Crucible Act 1 Study Set

Why has Reverend Parris sent for a doctor as the play begins? Betty (daughter) is sick/unconscious
What advice does the doctor send back? Look to the unnatural (witchcraft, Reverend Hale)
About what does Parris question his niece Abigail? What happened in the woods
What is Parris’ main concern? there are a lot of enemies in town and he doesn’t want his pulpit taken away
What did Parris see in the woods the previous night? The girl dancing and Tituba stirring the pot, somebody running around naked
What has Elizabeth Proctor said about Abigail? Abigail is not sure she is soiled; had bad reputation
Why does Abigail say she was dismissed by the Proctors? She doesn’t want to be the Proctors’ slave
What rumors have circulated the town about Betty Parris? they’ve seen Betty flying over Ingersoll’s barn
What proof later occurs that “proves” that she(Betty Parris) is a witch? she attempts to fly (Betty)
Why did Mrs.Putnam contact Tituba? she contacts Tituba to find out about her dead 7 babies
Whom does Abigail accuse of conjuring spirits at this points? Tituba and Ruth
What does Betty Parris reveal about what happened in the woods? Abigail drank blood
What threat does Abigail make to the other girls? if they tell the truth, abigail will kill them
What happened in the past between John Proctor and Abigail? How does each of them feel about it now? John regrets the affair and Proctor feels guilt while Abigail feels love
What is the function of Rebecca Nurse in the play? Center of animosity Putnam vs Nurse
Ho does John Proctor feel about Reverend Parris? He doesn’t like him, Reverend Parris doesn’t talk a lot about God anymore
What is the dispute between John Proctor and Thomas Putnam? Property ownership of meeting house
Why is Reverend Hale in Salem? he is an expert on witchcraft
What does Giles Corey reveal to Reverend Hale? His wife reads books, when she reads he can’t pray
“But I will cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again” John Proctor to Abigail; caught for Adultery
“There is a prodigious danger in the seeking out of loose spirit” Rebecca Nurse to Parris and the Putnams and Proctors about warning them about opening up something they can’t control
“You think that is god’s work that you should never lose a child and I bury all but one?” Mrs. Putnam to Rebecca emphasizing jealousy
“Why,then, I must find it and join it.” Proctor to Doris about joining/finding the faction against Parris
“I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face.” Hale to Parris, talking about the Devil.
Reverend Samuel Parris young minister in Salem, paranoid
Betty Parris Parris’ 10 year old daughter
Abigail Williams orphan, 17 year old niece of Parris/ takes advantage of preacher’s neice, beautiful girl, orphan because of Indian attack, manipulative
Tituba Parris’ slave from Barbadoes, in her 40s
Thomas Putnam villager with personal grievances/ eldest son of richest man in the village, very embitter
Mrs. Ann Putnam wife of Thomas, 8 children, 7 dead, angry
Ruth Putnam daughter of Putnams
Mercy Lewis Putnam’s servant; 18 year old
John Proctor farmer; local member of church, mid 30s, partisan of no faction, hates hypocrites
Elizabeth Proctor Wife of John
Mary Warren Proctor’s servant, 17 years old, naive, lonely girl
“You will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to death”. Parris to Tituba; he threatens her for the truth

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