The Crucible Acts 1 and 2

Why has Reverend Parris sent for a doctor as the play begins? Because his daughter (Betty) is sick
What advice does the doctor send back? To look for the “un-natural reason” of Betty’s sickness
What does Parris question his niece Abigail about? He questions if her name is still “white” as in pure
What is Parris’ main concern? His reputation as a minister and natural posessions
What did Parris see in the woods the previous night? He saw Abigail and Betty dancing in the woods along with other girls and one was naked.
What has Elizabeth Proctor said about Abigail? That Elizabeth spreads rumors about the affair
Why does Abigail say she was dismissed by the Proctors? Because she refused to be treated like a slave
What rumors have circulated the town about Betty and Abigail? That Abigail was flying over the barn and Betty is so stricken with evil that she can’t even hear God’s word
Why did Mrs. Putnam contact Tituba? She wanted to know who killed her seven kids.
Who does Abigail accuse of conjuring spirits at this point? Tituba
What does Betty Parris reveal about what happened in the woods? That Abigail drank blood as a charm to kill Elizabeth Proctor
What threat does Abigail make to the other girls? To kill them or hurt them if they tell
What happened in the past between John Proctor and Abigail? How do each of them feel about it now? John and Abigail had an affair while she was working for them. John tries to put a stop to it.
What is the function of Rebecca Nurse in the play? She is the voice of reason and common sense.
How does John Proctor feel about Reverend Parris? He doesn’t like him and doesn’t trust him as a Reverend.
What is the dispute between John Proctor and Thomas Putnam? They fight over land and boundaries.
Why is Reverend Hale in Salem? Parris called him to stop the rumors of witchcraft.
What does Giles Corey reveal to Reverend Hale? That his wife has been acting strange by reading books which keep her from prayer
When Abigail is questioned by Reverend Hale, who does she blame? What proof does she offer? Tituba, she says that Tituba causes her to laugh during prayer.
What ultimatum is Tituba given? That in order to avoid being hanged she must confess, praise the Lord, and give other witnesses
Who does Tituba accuse of being a witch? Sarah Good & Goody Osborn
Why does Abigail start accusing people at this point? She wants to save herself and the only way to do is it is by accusing others which would draw the attention away from herself.
Why does Betty Parris start accusing people? She follows Tituba and Abigail’s lead.
At the beginning of this act, John Proctor says, “It is winter in here yet.” Why is this pertinent to what is going on? He uses it to symbolize their relationship as being a cold one because she (Elizabeth) doesn’t trust him (John).
Why has Mary Warren disobeyed her employers and gone to Salem? Since she has been named an official she must go and also she likes feeling important.
Why hasn’t John told the court what he knows? What does Elizabeth attribute his not telling to? He worries it wouldn’t be easy proving that she is lying.
What lie did John Proctor tell to Elizabeth which makes her more suspicious of him? At first he tells her that he talked to Abigail out in the open then he says that they had a private conversation.
What news does Mary Warren reveal to John and Elizabeth about the trials? That Elizabeth has been convicted
How does Mary Warren behave towards her employers? She demands their respect because now she is an “official of the court”.
What does Mary Warren mean when she says, “I saved her life today!”? When Abigail accuses Elizabeth of Witch Craft, Mary Warren defends her.
What does Elizabeth realize when she finds out that she has been accused? That Abigail accused her because she wants John all to herself
What does Elizabeth ask John to do? To tell the courts what Abigail has said to him
Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctors? To investigate the stories on his own
How does John Proctor respond to questions about why he has not been to church? He says his wife has been sick and doesn’t agree with Parris’ teachings.
What does Reverend Hale ask Proctor to do? Testify in court
Discuss the meaning of “Adultery, John.” (page 67) As John tries to prove to Hale that he knows the 10 Commandments he forgets the only commandment he has broken and therefore his wife reminds him.
What information does John Proctor reveal to Reverend Hale? “That there is no love for Satan in this house”
What does Reverend Hale want John to do with this information? Tell it to the Court
Why does Elizabeth say that she doesn’t believe in witches at this point? Because if she would confess to believing in witches then they might think that she is a witch
What news does Giles Corey reveal to the Proctors and Reverend Hale? His wife, Martha, and Rebecca have been sent to jail
What has Rebecca Nurse been accused of? For murdering Goody Putnam’s unborn babies
Why has Martha Corey been accused? Walcott says that she has killed his pigs she gave him.
Why do Ezekial Cheever and Marshal Herrick arrive at the Proctor home? They have a warrant to arrest Elizabeth.
Explain why Cheever is both astonished and afraid when he finds the poppet with the needle in it? Abigail was complaining of a sharp pain in her stomach and Parris finds a doll with a needle in it’s stomach.
What does John ask Mary Warren to do? To explain to the court why she has the doll and Elizabeth doesn’t
Why is Mary so afraid to do as he asks? She says that Abigail swore she would kill the girls if anyone told.
Why does Mary Warren warn John about testifying against Abigail? If he testifies against her she will charge lechery and ruin him.
What does John decide to do? That both him and Mary Warren will testify against Abigail together
Why did Tituba first accuse those two specific women? Because they weren’t respected in the town so it was believable
Why is Rebecca Nurse accused of murdering Mrs. Putnam’s babies? Because she helped Mrs. Putnam deliver them
Who is the “base of the church”? Rebecca Nurse

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