The Crucible- Act II Trivia Test

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In The Crucible- Act II, we get to see John and Elizabeth coming to see that the trials carried out in Salem are getting pretty out of hand. There is much that takes place in the Second Act. What can you remember from the reading? Take up the test and get to find out for sure—all the best as you tackle the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Sarah Good is accused of witchcraft because she ...

    • A.

      Was named by Elizabeth Proctor in court

    • B.

      Put a curse on Goody Putnam

    • C.

      Could not recite the ten commandments

    • D.

      Slept in a ditch

    Correct Answer
    C. Could not recite the ten commandments
    Explanation
    Sarah Good is accused of witchcraft because she could not recite the ten commandments. This suggests that she may not be a devout Christian and therefore could be involved in practices that are considered sinful or associated with witchcraft. In the context of the Salem witch trials, not being able to recite the ten commandments would have been seen as evidence of her being in league with the devil.

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  • 2. 

    At first, Mary Warren enjoys her role in court because she ...

    • A.

      Thinks she has been chosen by God.

    • B.

      Likes the power and status she has in the village.

    • C.

      Knows she can destroy Elizabeth Proctor.

    • D.

      Plans to accuse Abigail of witchcraft.

    Correct Answer
    B. Likes the power and status she has in the village.
    Explanation
    Mary Warren enjoys her role in court because she likes the power and status she has in the village. This is evident in the play "The Crucible" where Mary Warren initially relishes in the attention and authority she gains as one of the accusers. She feels important and influential, which boosts her self-esteem and gives her a sense of control over others. However, as the events unfold, Mary Warren's perspective changes, and she begins to question the morality and consequences of her actions.

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  • 3. 

    Why is there tension between Elizabeth Proctor and her husband?

    • A.

      Elizabeth is ill.

    • B.

      John plans to spend more time with Abigail.

    • C.

      John has had an adulterous affair.

    • D.

      John is planning to leave Elizabeth.

    Correct Answer
    C. John has had an adulterous affair.
    Explanation
    The tension between Elizabeth Proctor and her husband, John, is caused by his adulterous affair. This betrayal has damaged their trust and created a rift in their relationship. Elizabeth is hurt and unable to fully forgive John for his infidelity, leading to ongoing tension between them.

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  • 4. 

    Abigail stuck a needle into her stomach in order to ...

    • A.

      Accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft.

    • B.

      Cast suspicion on Mary Warren.

    • C.

      Claim that it was John Proctor's doing.

    • D.

      Pretend that she was a witch.

    Correct Answer
    A. Accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft.
    Explanation
    Abigail stuck a needle into her stomach to accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft. This action suggests that Abigail is willing to harm herself in order to frame Elizabeth and further fuel the hysteria surrounding witchcraft in the community. By pretending to be afflicted, Abigail manipulates the situation to cast suspicion on Elizabeth, ultimately leading to her arrest and persecution. This demonstrates Abigail's cunning and vindictive nature as she seeks to eliminate her romantic rival and gain power in the community.

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  • 5. 

    Why does Mary say she cannot tell the truth in court?

    • A.

      She does not want the other girls punished.

    • B.

      She wants Elizabeth found guilty.

    • C.

      She is afraid that Abigail will kill her.

    • D.

      She too embarrassed to admit that she is a fraud.

    Correct Answer
    C. She is afraid that Abigail will kill her.
    Explanation
    Mary says she cannot tell the truth in court because she is afraid that Abigail will kill her. This suggests that Abigail poses a significant threat to Mary's safety and well-being, which is why she feels compelled to lie and protect herself. Abigail's potential for violence and harm creates a climate of fear that prevents Mary from speaking the truth in court.

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  • 6. 

    What does John Proctor mean when he says, "My wife will never die for me"?

    • A.

      If he baptizes his son, his wife will be freed.

    • B.

      He knows his adultery has caused Elizabeth to be arrested.

    • C.

      He knows Elizabeth is being punished for his quarrels with Parris.

    • D.

      He will not release Elizabeth until Proctor attends church.

    Correct Answer
    B. He knows his adultery has caused Elizabeth to be arrested.
    Explanation
    John Proctor means that he understands that his affair with Abigail Williams is the reason why his wife, Elizabeth, has been accused and arrested for witchcraft. He acknowledges that his actions have directly led to her unjust punishment and imprisonment.

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  • 7. 

    Goody Osburn will hang, but Sarah Good will not because ...

    • A.

      Goody Osburn's conjuring was much worse.

    • B.

      The villagers like Sarah Good better that Goody Osburn.

    • C.

      Parris spoke up for Sarah Good.

    • D.

      Sarah Good confessed, but Goody Osburn did not.

    Correct Answer
    D. Sarah Good confessed, but Goody Osburn did not.
    Explanation
    Sarah Good confessed to being a witch, while Goody Osburn did not confess. Confessing to being a witch was seen as an admission of guilt and proof of involvement in witchcraft. The lack of confession from Goody Osburn made her appear more guilty in the eyes of the villagers and the court. Therefore, Goody Osburn was sentenced to hang, while Sarah Good was not.

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  • 8. 

    Elizabeth urges John to go to Salem to ...

    • A.

      Protect Mary Warren.

    • B.

      Tell the court that Abigail’s story is a hoax.

    • C.

      Announce publicly that he believes in witchcraft.

    • D.

      Ask the court for forgiveness.

    Correct Answer
    B. Tell the court that Abigail’s story is a hoax.
    Explanation
    Elizabeth urges John to go to Salem to tell the court that Abigail's story is a hoax. This suggests that Elizabeth is aware of Abigail's manipulative behavior and wants to expose her lies to protect Mary Warren and potentially save innocent people from being wrongly accused and convicted of witchcraft. By urging John to speak out against Abigail, Elizabeth is taking a stand against the hysteria and injustice that has taken hold of Salem.

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  • 9. 

    People “part like the seas” for Abigail because they ...

    • A.

      Love and admire her.

    • B.

      Believe her to be honest.

    • C.

      Respect her devotion and faith.

    • D.

      Fear her power to accuse them.

    Correct Answer
    D. Fear her power to accuse them.
    Explanation
    People "part like the seas" for Abigail because they fear her power to accuse them. This suggests that Abigail holds some kind of authority or influence over others, possibly due to her ability to make false accusations or manipulate situations to her advantage. This fear causes people to give her space and distance themselves from her, in order to avoid being targeted or implicated in any wrongdoing.

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  • 10. 

    By the end of Act Two, Reverend Hale has begun to worry that ...

    • A.

      The villagers might rebel against his authority.

    • B.

      Perhaps innocent people are being accused.

    • C.

      Rebecca Nurse did murder Goody Putnam’s babies.

    • D.

      Most of the villagers are in league with the devil.

    Correct Answer
    B. Perhaps innocent people are being accused.
    Explanation
    Reverend Hale's worry that perhaps innocent people are being accused by the end of Act Two is supported by the events in the play. As the witch trials progress, Hale starts to question the validity of the accusations and the methods used to determine guilt. He realizes that some of the accused may be innocent and that the court might be condemning innocent people to death. This realization causes him to doubt the fairness and justice of the proceedings, leading to his growing concern about innocent individuals being wrongly accused.

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  • 11. 

    What gift did Mary Warren give Elizabeth?

    • A.

      A bible

    • B.

      A flowers

    • C.

      A poppet

    • D.

      A pig

    Correct Answer
    C. A poppet
    Explanation
    Mary Warren gave Elizabeth a poppet as a gift.

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  • 12. 

    Why does Elizabeth think that Abigail wants to kill her?

    • A.

      She’s sick and a little paranoid.

    • B.

      She believes Abby wants to take her place as John’s wife.

    • C.

      She believes Abby is bewitched and will try to destroy anything good.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. She believes Abby wants to take her place as John’s wife.
    Explanation
    Elizabeth thinks that Abigail wants to kill her because she believes Abby wants to take her place as John's wife. This suggests that Elizabeth is insecure about her relationship with John and sees Abigail as a threat to their marriage. Elizabeth's belief may stem from her knowledge of John and Abigail's previous affair, leading her to suspect that Abigail still has feelings for John and desires to replace her as his wife.

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  • 13. 

    On what charge(s) was Rebecca Nurse arrested?

    • A.

      The murder of Goody Putnam’s babies

    • B.

      Conduct unbefitting a Puritan

    • C.

      Inability to say her ten commandments

    • D.

      For making a voodoo doll.

    Correct Answer
    A. The murder of Goody Putnam’s babies
    Explanation
    Rebecca Nurse was arrested on the charge of the murder of Goody Putnam's babies. This implies that there was sufficient evidence or suspicion linking her to the crime, leading to her arrest.

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  • 14. 

    When Elizabeth says to Proctor, “The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you,” she means that Proctor ...

    • A.

      Carries the knowledge of his own guilt.

    • B.

      Is too quick to judge himself.

    • C.

      Should speak more openly about his thoughts.

    • D.

      Knows that she loves him and forgives him.

    Correct Answer
    A. Carries the knowledge of his own guilt.
    Explanation
    Elizabeth's statement suggests that Proctor carries the knowledge of his own guilt within him. This implies that Proctor is aware of his wrongdoings and feels accountable for them. The phrase "the magistrate sits in your heart that judges you" implies that Proctor's conscience acts as a judge, constantly reminding him of his guilt. Elizabeth's remark indicates that Proctor's guilt is not only external but also deeply internalized, affecting his thoughts and actions.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following words best characterizes Mary Warren?

    • A.

      Pious

    • B.

      Jealous

    • C.

      Gullible

    • D.

      Vicious

    Correct Answer
    C. Gullible
    Explanation
    Mary Warren can be characterized as gullible because she is easily persuaded or manipulated by others. This is evident in the play "The Crucible" where Mary is easily swayed by Abigail and the other girls to falsely accuse innocent people of witchcraft. She lacks critical thinking skills and is easily influenced by the opinions and actions of those around her. Mary's gullibility ultimately leads to disastrous consequences for herself and others involved in the Salem witch trials.

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  • 16. 

    What is Mary’s motive in giving the “poppet” to Elizabeth?

    • A.

      She wants to make friends with Elizabeth.

    • B.

      She wants Elizabeth to see her as an innocent girl.

    • C.

      She wants to plant evidence of witchcraft in Elizabeth’s house.

    • D.

      She wants to make peace with Elizabeth after disobeying her.

    Correct Answer
    D. She wants to make peace with Elizabeth after disobeying her.
    Explanation
    Mary's motive in giving the "poppet" to Elizabeth is to make peace with her after disobeying her. This suggests that Mary recognizes her mistake and wants to reconcile with Elizabeth by offering her a peace offering in the form of the "poppet." By doing so, Mary hopes to mend their relationship and make amends for her disobedience.

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  • 17. 

    When Mary says that the crowd parted for Abigail like the sea for Israel, she makes ...

    • A.

      A comparison to politics.

    • B.

      An allusion to the Bible.

    • C.

      Eventual trouble for Abigail.

    • D.

      A bigoted joke.

    Correct Answer
    B. An allusion to the Bible.
    Explanation
    Mary's statement about the crowd parting for Abigail like the sea for Israel is an allusion to the Bible. This comparison draws a parallel between Abigail and the biblical story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, where the waters miraculously parted to allow them to pass through safely. Mary's use of this allusion suggests that Abigail was able to command a similar level of respect and awe from the crowd, emphasizing her importance or influence in the situation.

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  • 18. 

    Giles Corey thinks Putnam is accusing neighbors of witchcraft because Putnam wants to ...

    • A.

      Prevent his daughter from joining the witches

    • B.

      Gain their land

    • C.

      Avoid revelation of his secret life

    • D.

      Destroy the community

    Correct Answer
    B. Gain their land
    Explanation
    Giles Corey believes that Putnam is accusing his neighbors of witchcraft because Putnam wants to gain their land. This suggests that Putnam may have ulterior motives and is using the accusations as a means to acquire more property. By accusing others of witchcraft, Putnam could potentially create chaos and fear within the community, leading to the confiscation of their land. This explanation aligns with Corey's suspicion of Putnam's intentions and highlights the potential greed and manipulation of Putnam.

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