Mcc: Crucible Act I / Mccarthyism Quiz

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Mcc: Crucible Act I / Mccarthyism Quiz - Quiz

Quiz covering:
Act I of The Crucible p. 159 (including vocabulary)
McCarthyism p. 213
Timebends p. 216
Demons of Salem, With Us Still p. 214
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The author of "McCarthyism" explains that those labeled as communist sympathizers were

    • A.

      Deported to Communist countries

    • B.

      Unable to continue working

    • C.

      Removed from power

    • D.

      Censured by the senate

    Correct Answer
    B. Unable to continue working
    Explanation
    During the era of McCarthyism, individuals who were labeled as communist sympathizers faced severe consequences. They were often unable to continue working in their professions due to the stigma attached to their political beliefs. Many employers would refuse to hire them or would dismiss them from their positions. This led to financial hardship and social isolation for those individuals. The fear and paranoia surrounding communism during this time resulted in the suppression of their ability to sustain their livelihoods.

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  • 2. 

    Whose criticisms led to McCarthy's removal from power, according to "McCarthyism"?

    • A.

      Leonard Bernstein

    • B.

      Arthur Miller

    • C.

      Charlie Chaplin

    • D.

      Edward R. Murrow

    Correct Answer
    D. Edward R. Murrow
    Explanation
    Edward R. Murrow's criticisms played a significant role in McCarthy's removal from power during the era of McCarthyism. Murrow, a renowned journalist and broadcaster, utilized his platform to expose McCarthy's tactics and abuses of power through his television program "See It Now." Murrow's courageous reporting, particularly his famous broadcast about McCarthy in 1954, contributed to the decline of McCarthy's influence and ultimately led to his downfall.

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  • 3. 

    Who does the author of "The Demons of Salem, With Us Still" explain was working behind the scenes in Washington to inflame the Red Menace?

    • A.

      Senator Joseph McCarthy

    • B.

      Representative Francis Walters

    • C.

      J. Edgar Hoover

    • D.

      President Eisenhower

    Correct Answer
    C. J. Edgar Hoover
    Explanation
    The author of "The Demons of Salem, With Us Still" explains that it was J. Edgar Hoover who was working behind the scenes in Washington to inflame the Red Menace.

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  • 4. 

    A detail from "The Demons of Salem, With Us Still" that shows the historical context that may have influenced Miller's play is

    • A.

      Joseph McCarthy made reckless spying charges

    • B.

      Tennessee Williams was a foremost playwright

    • C.

      Miller was engaged to Marilyn Monroe

    • D.

      J. Edgar Hoover issues periodic bulletins

    Correct Answer
    A. Joseph McCarthy made reckless spying charges
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Joseph McCarthy made reckless spying charges. This answer is correct because it refers to a significant historical event that influenced Miller's play "The Demons of Salem, With Us Still." Joseph McCarthy was a senator who led a campaign against alleged communists in the United States during the 1950s, known as the Red Scare. He made reckless accusations and spying charges against individuals, causing widespread fear and paranoia. Miller drew parallels between McCarthy's witch hunt and the Salem witch trials in his play, highlighting the dangers of mass hysteria and the abuse of power.

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  • 5. 

    What might be the reason why the author of "The Demons of Salem, With Us Still" describes being an informer as "unpalatable" at the time of the HUAC trials?

    • A.

      Communists believed in informants.

    • B.

      No one wanted to help McCarthy.

    • C.

      The public believed in privacy.

    • D.

      Murrow told people it was so.

    Correct Answer
    C. The public believed in privacy.
    Explanation
    During the HUAC trials, the author of "The Demons of Salem, With Us Still" describes being an informer as "unpalatable" because the public believed in privacy. This suggests that informing on others was seen as a violation of personal privacy and was therefore socially unacceptable. The author likely highlights this perception to emphasize the negative consequences and ethical implications of being an informer during that time.

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  • 6. 

    "The Demons of Salem, With Us Still" explains that Miller was slightly interested in the Communist party because he

    • A.

      Wanted to overthrow the United States government

    • B.

      Was curious about the Communist party's views on McCarthy

    • C.

      Thought that the party might be a good agent of change

    • D.

      Wanted to get ideas for how to make "The Crucible" mirror the Red Menace

    Correct Answer
    C. Thought that the party might be a good agent of change
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that Miller thought that the Communist party might be a good agent of change. This can be inferred from the information provided in the passage "The Demons of Salem, With Us Still" which suggests that Miller was interested in the Communist party because he believed it could bring about positive transformation or reform.

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  • 7. 

    In Timebends, why does Miller say he first discarded the idea of a play based on Salem witchcraft?

    • A.

      He lacked sufficient information about the Salem trials.

    • B.

      He believed the subject lacked sufficient conflict for drama.

    • C.

      He really had no solid interest in the subject at first.

    • D.

      He was too rational to capture the wild irrationality.

    Correct Answer
    D. He was too rational to capture the wild irrationality.
    Explanation
    Miller says he first discarded the idea of a play based on Salem witchcraft because he believed he was too rational to capture the wild irrationality of the subject. This suggests that Miller felt that the Salem witch trials were a complex and irrational event that would be difficult for him to fully understand and portray in a dramatic way. He believed that his rational mindset would not allow him to effectively capture the chaotic and irrational nature of the events, leading him to initially dismiss the idea of a play on this subject.

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  • 8. 

    In Timebends, Miller states that the Committee hearings were

    • A.

      Profoundly ritualistic

    • B.

      Without bias

    • C.

      Full of contrition

    • D.

      Open and honest

    Correct Answer
    A. Profoundly ritualistic
    Explanation
    Miller states in Timebends that the Committee hearings were "profoundly ritualistic." This suggests that the hearings were not conducted in a straightforward or unbiased manner, but rather followed a set of predetermined rituals or procedures. This implies that the hearings may have been more focused on maintaining appearances and adhering to a specific agenda rather than seeking the truth or pursuing justice. The use of the word "profoundly" emphasizes the extent to which these rituals were ingrained in the hearings, suggesting a deep and pervasive influence.

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  • 9. 

    In Timebends, Miller states that the names of the accused in the hearings had been obtained through

    • A.

      United States' spies in Communist countries who had received lists of party members

    • B.

      F.B.I. informants who had infiltrated the Community party

    • C.

      Community party membership lists that were public knowledge

    • D.

      All Communists' being required to register with the government

    Correct Answer
    B. F.B.I. informants who had infiltrated the Community party
    Explanation
    Miller states in Timebends that the names of the accused in the hearings had been obtained through F.B.I. informants who had infiltrated the Community party. This suggests that the F.B.I. had individuals within the Communist party who were secretly gathering information and reporting it back to the government. These informants provided the government with the names of party members who were then accused and investigated during the hearings.

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  • 10. 

    All three of the selections describe the political climate of the 1940s and 1950s as including

    • A.

      Suspicion of communism

    • B.

      Concern about witchcraft

    • C.

      Panic over the war

    • D.

      Manipulation of the media

    Correct Answer
    A. Suspicion of communism
    Explanation
    The correct answer is suspicion of communism because during the 1940s and 1950s, the United States was gripped by the fear of communism spreading. This fear led to the rise of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, where individuals suspected of having communist sympathies were targeted and blacklisted. The government implemented loyalty tests, investigated alleged communist activities, and even held hearings to expose supposed communist infiltration. This period of intense suspicion and paranoia towards communism had a significant impact on American society and politics.

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  • 11. 

    What does Reverend Parris see in the forest?

    • A.

      His enemies plotting against him

    • B.

      The girls dancing and Tituba waving

    • C.

      Abigail drinking animal blood

    • D.

      Ruth Putnam talking with spirits

    Correct Answer
    B. The girls dancing and Tituba waving
    Explanation
    Reverend Parris sees the girls dancing and Tituba waving in the forest. This suggests that there is some sort of unholy activity taking place, as dancing and waving by Tituba, who is known to be associated with witchcraft, would be seen as suspicious and potentially dangerous behavior. It also indicates that the girls may be involved in some form of witchcraft or supernatural practices, adding to the tension and conflict in the story.

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  • 12. 

    What do the stage directions in the following lines tell you about Abigail Williams?Parris. Child. Sit you down.Abigail. (quavering, as she sits). I would never hurt Betty.  I love her dearly.

    • A.

      Her uncle, Reverend Parris, makes her nervous.

    • B.

      She is injured and feels pain when she sits.

    • C.

      Betty, her cousin, has put a spell on her.

    • D.

      She worries that she will become sick, too.

    Correct Answer
    A. Her uncle, Reverend Parris, makes her nervous.
    Explanation
    The stage directions indicate that Abigail is quavering as she sits down, suggesting that she is nervous or anxious. This suggests that her uncle, Reverend Parris, makes her nervous. The other options are not supported by the given stage directions.

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  • 13. 

    Ann Putnam sends her daughter Ruth to Tituba to

    • A.

      Find out about Barbados

    • B.

      Learn to dance in the forest

    • C.

      Speak to Ann's dead babies

    • D.

      Overcome childish behavior

    Correct Answer
    C. Speak to Ann's dead babies
    Explanation
    Ann Putnam sends her daughter Ruth to Tituba to speak to Ann's dead babies. This suggests that Ann believes in the supernatural and is seeking communication with her deceased children. It implies that Ann may be desperate for answers or closure regarding the deaths of her babies, and she believes that Tituba possesses the ability to facilitate this communication. This action reflects the superstitions and beliefs prevalent during that time period.

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  • 14. 

    You can draw the conclusion that Abigail Williams thinks she knows more about the world than the other women in the village know from

    • A.

      Her habit of regularly attending church

    • B.

      The blood she drinks in the woods

    • C.

      The gossip she hears in the village

    • D.

      Her conversation with John Proctor

    Correct Answer
    D. Her conversation with John Proctor
    Explanation
    Abigail Williams thinks she knows more about the world than the other women in the village know from her conversation with John Proctor. This implies that during their conversation, Abigail displays a sense of superiority or confidence in her knowledge or understanding of the world. This suggests that she believes she is more knowledgeable or experienced than the other women in the village.

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  • 15. 

    Reverend Hale shows his education and authority by

    • A.

      Bringing books with him to Salem

    • B.

      Teaching people how to recognize witches

    • C.

      Arguing with Parris about the Devil

    • D.

      Speaking to the villagers at church

    Correct Answer
    A. Bringing books with him to Salem
    Explanation
    Reverend Hale shows his education and authority by bringing books with him to Salem. This action demonstrates that he is well-read and knowledgeable, as books were a symbol of education during that time period. By bringing books, Hale establishes himself as an intellectual and someone who is well-versed in matters of religion and witchcraft. It also suggests that he is prepared and has done extensive research on the subject, further enhancing his credibility and authority in the eyes of the townspeople.

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  • 16. 

    Deference is the respect that

    • A.

      All visitors must have

    • B.

      An elder deserves

    • C.

      An ill patient wants

    • D.

      A siblings commands

    Correct Answer
    B. An elder deserves
    Explanation
    Deference refers to the respect that an elder deserves. In many cultures, elders are seen as wise and experienced individuals who have contributed significantly to society. Therefore, it is considered important to show them respect and deference as a way of acknowledging their knowledge and wisdom. This can be done through actions such as listening attentively to their advice, seeking their guidance, and treating them with kindness and courtesy. By showing deference to elders, we are recognizing and valuing their contributions and the wisdom they have gained throughout their lives.

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  • 17. 

    Corroborating means

    • A.

      Revising an old plan

    • B.

      Supporting with evidence

    • C.

      Creating better choices

    • D.

      Planning with much thought

    Correct Answer
    B. Supporting with evidence
    Explanation
    Corroborating means providing support or confirmation to a statement, claim, or theory by presenting evidence or additional information. It involves gathering and presenting facts, data, or testimonies that strengthen the validity or credibility of a particular argument or point of view. By corroborating, one can establish the reliability and accuracy of a claim, making it more convincing and trustworthy.

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  • 18. 

    Trepidation means

    • A.

      Panic

    • B.

      Tragedy

    • C.

      Indifference

    • D.

      Apprehension

    Correct Answer
    D. Apprehension
    Explanation
    The correct answer is apprehension. Trepidation is defined as a feeling of fear or anxiety about something that may happen. It is a sense of unease or nervousness. Panic, tragedy, and indifference do not accurately capture the meaning of trepidation, as they refer to different emotions or situations.

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  • 19. 

    What does iniquity mean?

    • A.

      Wickedness

    • B.

      Gossip

    • C.

      Curiosity

    • D.

      Accusation

    Correct Answer
    A. Wickedness
    Explanation
    Iniquity means wickedness. It refers to immoral or unjust behavior, characterized by a lack of fairness or integrity. It suggests a deliberate choice to engage in evil actions or thoughts. Iniquity is often associated with acts that are morally wrong or sinful, indicating a deviation from what is considered morally right or just. It implies a deliberate intention to harm others or act against the principles of morality.

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  • 20. 

    Anarchy means

    • A.

      An obsession with fairness

    • B.

      A lack of understanding

    • C.

      The absence of order

    • D.

      The ability to lie easily

    Correct Answer
    C. The absence of order
    Explanation
    Anarchy refers to a state or society without any form of government or authority. In this context, it means the absence of order. In an anarchic system, there is no central authority to enforce laws or maintain social order, resulting in a lack of structure and organization. This can lead to chaos, confusion, and a breakdown of societal norms and rules.

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