The Crucible Act 3

What is Parris’s argument against Proctor? That Proctor is trying to overthrow the court.
What does Mary tell Danforth? “It were pretense, sir.” The girls have been lying.
When Danforth hears that Elizabeth is pregnant, what does he allow? He allows her time to see if her “natural signs” appear. If they do not, and she is truly pregnant, he will allow her one year before she is hanged, to have her baby.
What paper did ninety-one people sign? That Rebecca, Elizabeth and Martha were all good, upstanding, God-loving citizens.
“. . . a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between.” Explain the importance of Danforth’s statement. Either people were witches or they weren’t. There was no room for “appearances.” If one opposed the court, one would be in contempt. There was no room for error on the part of the court and no room for question or correction of the court.
What quote did Proctor use to help Mary remain brave? “Do that which is good, and no harm will come to thee.”
Of what does Giles accuse Putnam? He accuses him of killing his neighbors for their land.
What is Hale’s problem as Proctor and his friends present evidence to Danforth? That the people who had been accused and sentenced so far could very well have been innocent.
What test does Hawthorne of for Mary. Can she do it? Why or why not? He asks Mary to faint, as she fainted in the courtroom. No, she can’t do it in front of Hawthorne on demand. She says that she was able to in the courtroom because the mood was set and she got caught up in the mood with the other girls, which enabled her to do it there.
Proctor calls Abigail a *****, and he confesses his lechery. Danforth tests Proctor’s statement by calling for Elizabeth and asking her why Abigail was dismissed. What does Elizabeth say? Why? She lies to protect John, saying she only thought he had “turned” from her.
What do the girls do to Mary? What is her response? They pretend that her spirit is coming to get them, that she is herself doing some bewitching. Mary tells them to stop it, but when they don’t, she ends up breaking down and joining them (for her own protection).
What happens to Proctor? He is jailed for his contempt of the court and his suspicious activities.
What does Hale do? He quits the court.
Hale denounces the proceedings of the court because he .. believes the testimony of Mary Warren and John Proctor.
When Abigail says to Danforth, “Think you be so mighty that the power ofHell may not turn your wits? Beware of it!” she is using her power to threaten him
Why do Giles and Frances want to see Danforth? They want to persuade the judge that their wives are good women.
What does Proctor end up confessing about himself? He had an affair with Abigail
Of what does Giles accuse Putnam? He accuses him of killing his neighbors for their land
Whose trial is going on at the beginning of Act 3 Martha Corey
What happens to Giles Corey? He is pressed
How does Danforth check Proctor’s story? He brings Elizabeth in and asks her why she fired Abigail
Why did Danforth grant Elizabeth extra time? She said she was pregnant.
How does Mary Warren react under the pressure of the girls? She breaks down and points her finger at John Proctor saying he is with the devil.
Francis Nurse is terrified when Danforth insists on questioning the people who signed his petition because he .. promised no harm would come to them.
Hathorne thinks of a test for Mary. What is it? He asks her to faint.
What can you conclude about Parris from Act Three? He truly fears for his life.
What is Hale’s problem as Proctor and his friends present evidence to Danforth? He begins to realize that the people who have been accused and sentenced so far could very well have been innocent.
What do the girls do to Mary? They pretend that her spirit is coming to get them.
What does Proctor find out about his wife from Danforth? She is pregnant
Giles Corey is arrested because he refuses to … name the person who accused Putnam of grabbing land.
What is Parris’ argument against Proctor? Parris says that Proctor is trying to overthrow the court.
Elizabeth Proctor did not tell Danforth that Abigail was a harlot because she … wanted to save John’s reputation.
Which line best expresses the real truth behind the trials? “…. private vengeance is working through this testimony!”
Hale begins seriously to doubt the morality and motivations of the trials when he … signs Rebeca’s death sentence.
What does Abigail do when confronted by Hawthorne about the cries of witchcraft being lies? She acts offended that he would even question her, she tries to leave the room and pretends to see Marry Warren’s spirit in the form of a yellow bird.
In Act Three, the details of the setting create a mood that is … gloomy and forbidding.
Who has proof that the girls are frauds? Giles Corey, John Proctor, Francis Nurse
What kind of government does Salem have in The Crucible? Theocracy
What is Parris’s position in Salem? Minister
Before the play begins, what did Parris catch his daughter and other girls doing? Dancing in the forest
Why did Elizabeth Proctor fire Abigail? Abigail was having an affair with John Proctor.
As the play opens, whom has Parris asked to come to Salem? Reverend Hale
What is John Proctor’s chief complaint against Parris’s sermons? They focus too much on fire and brimstone.
What does Mrs. Putnam blame on witchcraft? The death of seven of her children in infancy
Who is the first person that Abigail claims practiced witchcraft? Tituba
In Act II, what does Mary Warren give to Elizabeth Proctor when she returns home from the trials? A little doll
What news does Mary Warren bring from Salem? That someone accused Elizabeth of witchcraft
Which commandment does John Proctor forget when Reverend Hale quizzes him? Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Whom do Ezekiel Cheever and Herrick, the marshal, come to the Proctor home to arrest? Elizabeth Proctor
To what does John Proctor convince Mary Warren to testify? That the girls are only pretending to be possessed
Why will Elizabeth not be hanged if she is found guilty? Because she is pregnant
Who is in charge of the court? Danforth
On what charge is Giles Corey arrested? Contempt of court
When Mary Warren testifies against them, what do Abigail and her troop of girls do? They claim that Mary is bewitching them.
What does John Proctor do, in a desperate attempt to foil Abigail He tells the court about his affair with her.
Who is brought in to corroborate John Proctor’s claims about Abigail? Elizabeth Proctor
What does Elizabeth do when called upon to testify? Tells a lie
What does the court do with John Proctor? It arrests and tries him for witchcraft.
When John Proctor is facing death, what does Hale urge him to do? Confess, even though he is innocent
Why does Proctor retract his confession? Because the officials demand that he sign his name to it
What does Abigail do at the end of the play? She flees Salem, after robbing her uncle.
What ultimately happens to John Proctor? He is hanged.
What are the Themes in Crucible Intolerance, Hysteria, Reputation,
What is the climax of the Play When John Proctor tells the Salem court that he committed adultery with Abigail Williams.
Who is the protagonist? John Proctor
Who is the Antagonist? Abigail Williams
What year is the setting? 1692
What is the Falling Action? The events from John Proctor’s attempt to expose Abigail in Act IV to his decision to die rather than confess at the end of Act IV.
What is the Tone? Serious and tragic—the language is almost biblical.
What are the Motifs? Empowerment; accusation, confession, legal proceedings in general
What are the symbols The entire play is meant to be symbolic, with its witch trials standing in for the anti-Communist “witch-hunts” of the 1950s. Although there a a few typical witchcraft symbols (rats, toads, and bats)
In what Place does the Play take Place? Salem, Massachusetts
What is the Central Message? That intolerance and hysteria can intersect and tear a community apart.

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