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The Crucible

The Crucible

Take Home Exam


Directions: Answer any three (3) of the following questions thoroughly. First, type the question you are answering in bold, then type your answers in MLA format. Illustrate your answers with specific examples/quotes from the play, and be sure you answer the entire question. A solid answer will be 10-15 sentences long. Each answer is worth up to 20 points based upon thoroughness, clarity, and insight.

Due Tuesday, Sep. 6 (by 11:59 pm)


1.    Discuss the role that grudges and personal rivalries play in the witch trial hysteria. Consult your “Conflict” graph.

2.    Explain how the witch trials empower individuals who were previously powerless. Describe at least two examples in depth.

3.    Analyze Reverend Parris. What are his motivations in supporting the witch trials? Remember to support your answer with specifics from the play.

4.    Compare and contrast the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism. 

5.    In The Crucible, Arthur Miller is making pointed comments about individuals and how we operate in society. Choose one of the following themes (honesty, integrity, reputation, fear, guilt, superstition) and explain its role within the play. Discuss with reference to the text.

6.    Describe how any one character passes through “the crucible,” is tested and brought down to his or her essence.

7.    What three characters are most responsible for the trials and why?