The Crucible Act I Test

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  • 1. 

    Thomas Putnam can best be described as

    • A.

      Kindhearted

    • B.

      Vindictive

    • C.

      Sympathetic

    • D.

      Rational

    Correct Answer
    B. Vindictive
    Explanation
    Thomas Putnam can best be described as vindictive because throughout the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, he consistently displays a vengeful and vengeful nature. He is driven by a deep-seated resentment towards others and seeks to harm them, particularly those he perceives as his enemies. Putnam's actions, such as accusing innocent people of witchcraft and manipulating the trials for personal gain, demonstrate his vindictive nature. He uses the witch trials as a means to settle personal scores and to gain power, showing a complete lack of empathy or kindness towards others.

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  • 2. 

    . Where does this play take place?

    • A.

      Portsmouth, NH

    • B.

      Boston, MA

    • C.

      Salem, MA

    • D.

      Rochester, NY

    Correct Answer
    C. Salem, MA
    Explanation
    This play takes place in Salem, MA.

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  • 3. 

    Abigail went into the forest because she wanted to ...

    • A.

      Get rid of Goody Proctor

    • B.

      Threaten Tituba

    • C.

      Watch the other girls dance

    • D.

      Persuade the girls to return home

    Correct Answer
    A. Get rid of Goody Proctor
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "get rid of Goody Proctor." This suggests that Abigail went into the forest with the intention of eliminating Goody Proctor, possibly due to personal animosity or a desire to remove a perceived threat.

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  • 4. 

    As the play opens, whom has Parris asked to come to Salem?

    • A.

      Judge Danforth

    • B.

      Reverend Hale

    • C.

      Tituba

    • D.

      John Proctor

    Correct Answer
    B. Reverend Hale
    Explanation
    Parris has asked Reverend Hale to come to Salem as the play opens.

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  • 5. 

    Before the play begins, what did Parris catch his daughter and other girls doing?

    • A.

      Trying to run away from home

    • B.

      Dancing in the forest

    • C.

      Reading Catholic tracts

    • D.

      Conducting a black mass in the church

    Correct Answer
    B. Dancing in the forest
    Explanation
    Parris caught his daughter and other girls dancing in the forest before the play begins.

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  • 6. 

    Betty reveals that Abigail drank a charm to kill ____________?

    • A.

      Ruth

    • B.

      Elizabeth

    • C.

      Mary

    • D.

      Tituba

    Correct Answer
    B. Elizabeth
    Explanation
    In the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, Betty is one of the girls involved in the Salem witch trials. In this scene, Betty reveals that Abigail, another girl involved in the trials, drank a charm to kill Elizabeth. This revelation suggests that Abigail is trying to get rid of Elizabeth, possibly because she sees her as a threat or because she wants to eliminate someone who may expose the truth about their actions.

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  • 7. 

    Giles Corey expresses concern because his wife...

    • A.

      Reads strange books.

    • B.

      Leaves the house every night.

    • C.

      Has stopped speaking to him.

    • D.

      Cannot say the 10 Commandments.

    Correct Answer
    A. Reads strange books.
    Explanation
    Giles Corey expresses concern because his wife reads strange books. This suggests that he is worried about the content or influence of the books she is reading, possibly indicating that they contain unusual or dangerous ideas. It implies that her reading habits have raised suspicions or caused discomfort for Giles Corey, leading to his expression of concern.

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  • 8. 

    Mrs. Putnam sent her daughter Ruth to Tituba to ...

    • A.

      Get a recipe for a charm.

    • B.

      Learn how to dance.

    • C.

      Contact her dead sisters.

    • D.

      Accuse her of witchcraft.

    Correct Answer
    C. Contact her dead sisters.
    Explanation
    In this question, Mrs. Putnam sends her daughter Ruth to Tituba with a specific purpose. The correct answer, "contact her dead sisters," suggests that Mrs. Putnam wants Ruth to communicate with her deceased siblings through some form of supernatural means. This implies that Mrs. Putnam believes in or is seeking supernatural assistance or guidance from her dead sisters, and she believes that Tituba possesses the ability to facilitate this communication.

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  • 9. 

    Parris is reluctant to tell anyone that Betty may be bewitched because he

    • A.

      Fears that Betty’s reputation will be destroyed.

    • B.

      Knows that the idea of witchcraft will cause mass hysteria.

    • C.

      Fears that his enemies will destroy his reputation.

    • D.

      Firmly believes that witches do not exist.

    Correct Answer
    C. Fears that his enemies will destroy his reputation.
    Explanation
    Parris is reluctant to tell anyone that Betty may be bewitched because he fears that his enemies will destroy his reputation. This suggests that Parris is more concerned about his own image and standing in the community rather than the well-being of Betty or addressing the issue of witchcraft. He is worried that if he acknowledges the possibility of witchcraft, his enemies will use it against him and tarnish his reputation.

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  • 10. 

    Rebecca advised Parris to send Reverend Hale away because she...

    • A.

      Thought the villagers might resent the help of an outsider

    • B.

      Feared she would be exposed as a witch

    • C.

      Knew his presence would only cause more hysteria in Salem

    • D.

      Felt that Parris could handle the situation better that Hale

    Correct Answer
    C. Knew his presence would only cause more hysteria in Salem
    Explanation
    Rebecca advised Parris to send Reverend Hale away because she knew his presence would only cause more hysteria in Salem. This suggests that Rebecca believed that Hale's involvement would exacerbate the already tense situation in the village, leading to more fear and chaos. By removing Hale from the equation, Rebecca likely hoped to prevent further escalation of the witch trials and protect the community from unnecessary panic.

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  • 11. 

    Reverend Parris is most concerned with ...

    • A.

      His reputation

    • B.

      Betty’s health

    • C.

      Abigail's soul

    • D.

      The spiritual needs of the people

    Correct Answer
    A. His reputation
    Explanation
    Reverend Parris is most concerned with his reputation because throughout the play "The Crucible," he is constantly worried about his standing in the community and how his actions and decisions will affect his image. He is afraid of being seen as a weak leader or someone who is not in control. This is evident in his reluctance to admit that witchcraft may be involved in the girls' behavior, as he fears it will reflect poorly on him and his position in the community. Additionally, he is quick to accuse others and defend his own reputation, showing that it is a top priority for him.

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  • 12. 

    The rumor is that Betty….

    • A.

      Had several dead babies.

    • B.

      Had an affair

    • C.

      Drank a charm to make someone fall in love with her

    • D.

      Can fly

    Correct Answer
    D. Can fly
  • 13. 

    Tituba most likely confessed to meeting with the devil because she...

    • A.

      Wanted the villagers fear her

    • B.

      Wanted to please Parris

    • C.

      Did not want Abigail to get into trouble

    • D.

      Thought it might save her life

    Correct Answer
    D. Thought it might save her life
    Explanation
    Tituba most likely confessed to meeting with the devil because she thought it might save her life. This can be inferred from the context that during the Salem witch trials, those who confessed to witchcraft were often spared from execution. By admitting her involvement with the devil, Tituba may have believed that she would be able to avoid punishment and potentially save her own life.

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  • 14. 

      What does Mrs. Putnam blame on witchcraft?

    • A.

      Her husband’s cancer

    • B.

      The death of seven of her children in infancy

    • C.

      Bad weather

    • D.

      Raids by natives

    Correct Answer
    B. The death of seven of her children in infancy
    Explanation
    Mrs. Putnam blames the death of seven of her children in infancy on witchcraft.

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  • 15. 

    What is John Proctor’s chief complaint against Parris’s sermons?

    • A.

      They focus too much on fire and brimstone.

    • B.

      They are too long.

    • C.

      They are heretical.

    • D.

      They are too short.

    Correct Answer
    A. They focus too much on fire and brimstone.
    Explanation
    John Proctor’s chief complaint against Parris’s sermons is that they focus too much on fire and brimstone. This suggests that Parris’s sermons are overly focused on punishment and damnation, rather than emphasizing love, forgiveness, and redemption. Proctor may feel that this approach creates a culture of fear and guilt among the congregation, rather than fostering a sense of spiritual growth and understanding.

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  • 16. 

    What is Parris’s position in Salem?

    • A.

      Governor

    • B.

      Judge

    • C.

      Minister

    • D.

      Bailiff

    Correct Answer
    C. Minister
    Explanation
    Parris's position in Salem is a minister.

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  • 17. 

    What kind of government does Salem have in The Crucible?

    • A.

      Democracy

    • B.

      Theocracy

    • C.

      Monarchy

    • D.

      Kleptocracy

    Correct Answer
    B. Theocracy
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Theocracy. In The Crucible, Salem has a theocratic government, which means that religious leaders hold the ultimate power and make decisions based on religious beliefs and principles. The town is governed by Puritan ministers who enforce strict religious laws and punish those who are accused of practicing witchcraft. This form of government is evident throughout the play as the religious leaders have control over the legal system and use their religious authority to determine guilt or innocence.

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  • 18. 

    Which sentence best describes John Proctor?

    • A.

      He respects Reverend Hale's opinions.

    • B.

      He believes in witchcraft.

    • C.

      He will do whatever he can to destroy Thomas Putnam

    • D.

      He rebels against authority by speaking his mind.

    Correct Answer
    D. He rebels against authority by speaking his mind.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He rebels against authority by speaking his mind." This is the best description of John Proctor because throughout the play, he challenges the authority figures in Salem, especially the court and Reverend Parris. He openly expresses his disagreement with the witch trials and speaks out against the injustice and hypocrisy he sees. This rebellious nature ultimately leads to his downfall as he is accused of witchcraft himself.

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  • 19. 

    Which statement made by Abigail shows that she is not as harmless as she appears?

    • A.

      "Uncle, you have prayed since midnight."

    • B.

      "I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!"

    • C.

      "My name is good in the village!"

    • D.

      "She is blackening my name in the village!"

    Correct Answer
    B. "I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!"
    Explanation
    Abigail's statement "I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!" shows that she is not as harmless as she appears because it implies that she has the power or ability to cause harm or make someone regret their actions. This statement suggests that Abigail may have malicious intentions or the potential to be dangerous, contradicting her initial innocent appearance.

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  • 20. 

    Which two men does Proctor have an argument with?

    • A.

      Francis Nurse and Giles Corey

    • B.

      Reverend Parris and Thomas Putnam

    • C.

      Reverend Hale and Reverend Parris

    • D.

      Reverend Hale and Francis Nurse

    Correct Answer
    B. Reverend Parris and Thomas Putnam
    Explanation
    Proctor has an argument with Reverend Parris and Thomas Putnam. This is evident in the play "The Crucible" when Proctor confronts Reverend Parris about his greed and materialism, as well as his lack of true religious devotion. Proctor also argues with Thomas Putnam, accusing him of using the witch trials to gain land and wealth. These arguments highlight Proctor's defiance against the corruption and hypocrisy within the Salem community.

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  • 21. 

    Who does Abigail blame for witchcraft?

    • A.

      Goody Putnam

    • B.

      Betty

    • C.

      Goody Nurse

    • D.

      Tituba

    Correct Answer
    D. Tituba
    Explanation
    Abigail blames Tituba for witchcraft.

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  • 22. 

    Who had an affair with John Proctor?

    • A.

      Betty

    • B.

      Ann

    • C.

      Abigail

    • D.

      Martha

    Correct Answer
    C. Abigail
    Explanation
    Abigail had an affair with John Proctor.

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  • 23. 

    Who says she saw Sarah Good and Goody Osburn with the devil?  She also claims to have been instructed to kill Reverend Parris.

    • A.

      Tituba

    • B.

      Betty

    • C.

      Abigail

    • D.

      Mary

    Correct Answer
    A. Tituba
    Explanation
    Tituba is the correct answer because she is the one who claims to have seen Sarah Good and Goody Osburn with the devil. She also confesses to being instructed to kill Reverend Parris. Therefore, Tituba is the one who makes these claims and accusations.

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  • 24. 

    Why are Proctor and Putnam arguing?

    • A.

      Proctor doesn’t go to church

    • B.

      About land

    • C.

      Putnam knows Proctor cheated on his wife

    • D.

      About who is accused of witchcraft

    Correct Answer
    B. About land
    Explanation
    Proctor and Putnam are arguing about land.

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  • 25. 

    You can infer that the citizens of Salem thought dancing was ...

    • A.

      Only for children

    • B.

      Good exercise

    • C.

      Evil and sinful

    • D.

      A delightful entertainment

    Correct Answer
    C. Evil and sinful
    Explanation
    The inference that can be made is that the citizens of Salem believed that dancing was evil and sinful. This can be deduced from the fact that the other options do not align with the negative connotation associated with dancing in this context. The mention of dancing being only for children or a delightful entertainment would suggest a more positive view, while the idea of it being good exercise does not necessarily imply a moral judgement. Therefore, the most logical conclusion is that the citizens of Salem considered dancing to be evil and sinful.

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  • 26. 

    Most of the villagers view Rebecca Nurse as a ....

    • A.

      Harmless gossip

    • B.

      Kind and respectable woman

    • C.

      Spiteful woman

    • D.

      Merciless judge of others

    Correct Answer
    B. Kind and respectable woman
    Explanation
    Rebecca Nurse is viewed as a kind and respectable woman by most of the villagers. This implies that she is well-regarded and admired by her community. She is likely known for her compassionate and considerate nature, as well as her upstanding character. This positive perception of Rebecca Nurse suggests that she is trusted and respected by those around her.

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  • 27. 

    TThomas Putnam’s attitude toward Reverend Parris can best be described as

    • A.

      Respectful

    • B.

      Contemptuous

    • C.

      Indifferent

    • D.

      Fearful

    Correct Answer
    B. Contemptuous
    Explanation
    Thomas Putnam's attitude toward Reverend Parris can best be described as contemptuous. This means that Putnam holds a strong feeling of disdain or scorn towards Reverend Parris. This suggests that Putnam has a deep-seated dislike or lack of respect for Parris, possibly due to disagreements or conflicts between them.

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  • 28. 

    Which of the following seems to foreshadow the real cause of the frightening events to come?

    • A.

      Parris’s concern over firewood

    • B.

      Parris’s call for Reverend Hale

    • C.

      The relationship between Goody Osburn and Giles

    • D.

      The relationship between Abigail and John Proctor

    Correct Answer
    D. The relationship between Abigail and John Proctor
    Explanation
    The relationship between Abigail and John Proctor seems to foreshadow the real cause of the frightening events to come. This is because their affair and the tension it creates sets the stage for Abigail's jealousy and desire for revenge, which ultimately leads to her accusing innocent people of witchcraft. Their relationship serves as a catalyst for the chaos and hysteria that unfolds in the story.

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  • 29. 

    Who lost 7 babies?

    • A.

      Goody Ann

    • B.

      Betty

    • C.

      Goody Proctor

    • D.

      Sarah Good

    Correct Answer
    A. Goody Ann
    Explanation
    Goody Ann is the correct answer because she is the only option given in the question. The question asks who lost 7 babies, and Goody Ann is the only person mentioned in the options. Therefore, it can be inferred that Goody Ann is the one who lost 7 babies.

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  • 30. 

    Who does Reverend Parris send for to determine whether Betty Parris is bewitched?

    • A.

      Reverend John Hale

    • B.

      Reverend Samuel Parris

    • C.

      Reverend John Proctor

    • D.

      Reverend Thomas Putnam

    Correct Answer
    A. Reverend John Hale
    Explanation
    Reverend Parris sends for Reverend John Hale of Beverly, an expert on witchcraft, to determine whether Betty Parris is indeed bewitched. This action demonstrates Parris's belief in the supernatural and his desire to seek assistance from someone knowledgeable in dealing with witchcraft accusations.

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