The Crucible Act IV Study Guide

1.Why has Reverend Hale returned to Salem? To help the accuse people of Salem save themselves, and also pray with them.
2.What is Reverend Hale advising the condemned to do? He tells them to confess to witchcraft.
3.What does Reverend Parris reveal about his niece Abigail? She has taken all of his money and left, possibly by boat.
4.What is the condition of Salem at this point? It is chaos.
5.How does Andover differ from Salem? They already have overthrown the court and stopped the hangings.
6.How do the proposed hangings of Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor differ from the past executions? The people of Salem were happy at the first executions, but Nurse and Proctor were good people needed in the town.
7.What does Reverend Parris want Danforth to do? To postpone the trials.
8.What does Reverend Hale want Danforth to do? To pardon the condemned, or at least give them a week.
9.What does Reverend Hale mean when he says,”there is blood on my head!”? He feels guilty for not realizing the truth of the situation sooner.
10.Why does Danforth refuse to postpone the hangings? He had already hung 12 people and his reputation is at stake.
11.What do Hale and Danforth request of Elizabeth Proctor? To tell John that he needs to confess.
12.What happened to Giles Corey? He was killed by having large stones placed on top of his body.
13.What is John’s excuse for confessing? One more lie can’t hurt.
14.What is Elizabeth’s proof that John is a good man? Proctor will not lie to save himself and has confessed to lechery.
15.How has Elizabeth changed since we first met her? She knows that she is a cold person, also she is much stronger and loves Proctor much more.
16.After John confesses, what does Danforth want him to do? Sign his confession.
17.Discuss,”I am John Proctor! You will not use me!” Proctor doesn’t want to be seen as an example of what is wrong with the town.
18.What does Hale attribute Proctor’s willingness to hang to? His pride.
19.What does Elizabeth attribute it to? He has his goodness.

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