The Crucible Act 3 Short Answers

Why do Giles and Francis want to talk to Danforth? They want to persuade the judge that their wives are good women, not witches.
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. This quote is mostly directed to the 91 people who signed the petition of the Innocence of Rebecca Elizabeth and Martha. As all 91 signatures are unknown.
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.

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