Crucible Final Exam

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Crucible Final Exam

The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was inspired by the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s; the play focuses on the inconsistencies of the Salem witch trials and the extreme behavior that can result from hidden agendas. The test below will help you revise for the finals. Give it a try!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Miller wrote this play as a direct result of the political happenings of the 1950's. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    The only way to avoid hanging in the witch trials was to confess openly.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    John Proctor signs his confession leaguing him with the devil.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Giles Corey, along with Rebecca Nurse, was hanged.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Rebecca Nurse finaly made a public confession.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Abigail and Betty leave Salem by boat.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Giles Corey continued fighting "the system" with his dying breath.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Elizabeth never sees the goodness in John.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    There was really no one practicing "black magic" in Salem.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Mary Warren fears God more than she does Abigail.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Reverend Parris' golden candlesticks that he force the congregation to buy are an example of his own greed.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Dancing was the only accepted form of entertainment in Salem. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Then necessity for strict individual control was being challenged in Salem during the trials.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    The poppet is not only an image, but it becomes a symbol when it is used as a "voodoo" doll.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    The Crucible is intended to be an accurate record of the Salem witch Trials.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Why does Mary Warren withdraw her testimony against the investigations? 
    • A. 

      She knows she is admitting to prejury

    • B. 

      The other girls accuse her of witching them

    • C. 

      She is in love with Proctor

    • D. 

      All of these

  • 17. 
    During court, why does Proctor confess to an affair with Abigail Williams ?
    • A. 

      To satisfy his wife

    • B. 

      To cleanse his soul of guilt

    • C. 

      To discredit Abigail's testimony

    • D. 

      To hang

  • 18. 
    Which of the following characters helped instigate the investigations and later condemned them?
    • A. 

      Judge Hathorne

    • B. 

      John Proctor

    • C. 

      Reverend Hale

    • D. 

      Sarah Good

  • 19. 
    The Crucible:
    • A. 

      Is based generally on history

    • B. 

      Is completely accurate, historically

    • C. 

      Is largely fictitious

    • D. 

      Is futuristic

  • 20. 
    The Puritans 
    • A. 

      Sought religious freedom in America

    • B. 

      Believed that God chose those who were to be saved at the time they were born

    • C. 

      Were required to adhere to a strict code of mortality and behavior

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 21. 
    In the Crucible, which of the following does not refer to the forest?
    • A. 

      The citadel of the Devil's final stand

    • B. 

      A refuge for the foresaken

    • C. 

      Mysterious, dark, and threatening

    • D. 

      Unnatural

  • 22. 
    Which of the following does not contribute to the Salem witch trials? 
    • A. 

      Rivalry

    • B. 

      Lust for another's husband

    • C. 

      Poverty

    • D. 

      Ego

  • 23. 
    Which transitions is facing the Salem community?
    • A. 

      A shift form survival to security

    • B. 

      Economic downsizing

    • C. 

      Population boom

    • D. 

      Diversification of the ethnic population

  • 24. 
    The Salem community does not approve of 
    • A. 

      Religious study

    • B. 

      Vain enjoyment

    • C. 

      Socializing

    • D. 

      Working for a living

  • 25. 
    Which character best exemplifies the concept of grace?
    • A. 

      Danforth

    • B. 

      Giles Corey

    • C. 

      Ann Putnam

    • D. 

      Rebecca Nurse

  • 26. 
    Which of the following does not describe Reverend Parris?
    • A. 

      Hypocritical

    • B. 

      Irrational

    • C. 

      Insecure

    • D. 

      Materialistic

  • 27. 
    What techniques does Abigail use to gain control of a situation? 
    • A. 

      She poses as an innocent victim

    • B. 

      She complains

    • C. 

      She uses excellent logic

    • D. 

      She admits to her crimes

  • 28. 
    John Proctor is most ashamed of being:
    • A. 

      Immoral

    • B. 

      Strong-willed

    • C. 

      Fallible

    • D. 

      Independent

  • 29. 
    Proctor is most pained by his betrayal of:
    • A. 

      His own values

    • B. 

      His obligation to the church

    • C. 

      Abigail

    • D. 

      Mary Warren

  • 30. 
    Rebecca Nurse best represents:
    • A. 

      Stubborness

    • B. 

      Moral courage

    • C. 

      The victim mentality

    • D. 

      The triumph of truth

  • 31. 
    What possible motive does Marry Warren have for telling the truth?
    • A. 

      She fears Elizabeth Proctor

    • B. 

      She fears guilt

    • C. 

      She fears legal retribution

    • D. 

      She fears Abigail

  • 32. 
    According to Elizabeth, what is Abigail's intent?
    • A. 

      To seduce hale

    • B. 

      The flee Salem

    • C. 

      To laugh the Proctors out of town

    • D. 

      To replace Elizabeth as Proctor's wife

  • 33. 
    How would we describe Proctor's failure to remember the las commandment?
    • A. 

      Comic

    • B. 

      Tragic

    • C. 

      Ironic

    • D. 

      Lecherous

  • 34. 
    Which would not be a theme for The Crucible?
    • A. 

      The ends do not justify the means

    • B. 

      Rationalizing your actions does not make them right

    • C. 

      Never trust a woman in love

    • D. 

      Indifference perpetuates evil

  • 35. 
    John Proctor's ( proctor= supervisor of a test) name is significant because:
    • A. 

      He is a local farmer

    • B. 

      He is a sinner

    • C. 

      In his final moments, he enforces the values of his community

    • D. 

      He is redeemed by coming clean at the end of the story

  • 36. 
    During the trials, what does the state contend?
    • A. 

      That the accused are all guilty

    • B. 

      That Heaven speaks through the children

    • C. 

      That children have rights

    • D. 

      That a person is innocent until proven guilty

  • 37. 
    How does Elizabeth avoid immediate hanging?
    • A. 

      She is pregnant

    • B. 

      She is found innocent

    • C. 

      She confesses

    • D. 

      She is liable woman

  • 38. 
    Why is Giles Corey arrested ?
    • A. 

      For witchcraft

    • B. 

      For prejury

    • C. 

      For stealing

    • D. 

      For contempt of court

  • 39. 
    When Hale argues. "I am a minister of the Lord, and I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate no slightest qualm of conscience may doubt it"  he is beginning to show his fear of:
    • A. 

      Abigail

    • B. 

      God

    • C. 

      Guilt

    • D. 

      The law

  • 40. 
    Why does Danforth refuse to believe Proctor's confession of lechery?
    • A. 

      Proctor has a solid reputaion

    • B. 

      Elizabeth declares Proctors innocent

    • C. 

      Abigail's guilt would mean that Danforth's judgment has been in error

    • D. 

      Proctor is know a liar

  • 41. 
    What does the judge value most in this passage?"I will not receive a single plea for pardon or postponement. Then that will not confess will hang. Twelve are already executed and the village expects to see them die this morning. Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till know. . . "
    • A. 

      The law is fallibe

    • B. 

      Law is a higher good than life

    • C. 

      Justice always wins out

    • D. 

      The good of society overrides the good of the individual

  • 42. 
    Why does Proctor ultimately fail to confess?
    • A. 

      He has nothing left worth living for

    • B. 

      His honor means more than his life

    • C. 

      He will be found guilty anyways

    • D. 

      He cannot face Elizabeth

  • 43. 
    The Puritans valued all of the following except 
    • A. 

      Education

    • B. 

      Hard work

    • C. 

      Regular church attedance

    • D. 

      Individual freedom

  • 44. 
    In the beginning of the play, Parris is angry with his niece Abigail because
    • A. 

      The Proctor's are suing him for her misconduct

    • B. 

      She has stolen his life savings

    • C. 

      Her dismissal from the Proctor household has created gossip in the congregation and an awkward situation for him

    • D. 

      She has admitted to commititng adultery with J.Proctor

  • 45. 
    When his daughter goes into an apparent trance, Parris refuses to believe that she has been bewitched because he thinks that
    • A. 

      Witches are nonexistent

    • B. 

      His congregation will drive him out of Salem if there is witchcraft in his house

    • C. 

      His daughter is too sweet to conjure spirits

    • D. 

      His niece is too responsible to let Betty become involved in witchcraft

  • 46. 
    Learning that Reverend Hale has been summoned, Rebecca Nurse expresses
    • A. 

      Concern about the "search for loose spirits"

    • B. 

      Satisfaction that an expert has been summoned

    • C. 

      Fear that she will be accused

    • D. 

      Eagerness to see Betty fly

  • 47. 
    When questioned by Hale, Tituba
    • A. 

      Confesses readily

    • B. 

      Accuses Abigail of witchcraft

    • C. 

      Stands mute

    • D. 

      Threatens Parris

  • 48. 
    Before her arrest, Elizabeth believes that her husband
    • A. 

      Hate Abigail

    • B. 

      Still desires Abigail

    • C. 

      Has forgotten about Abigail

    • D. 

      Never had an affair with Abigail

  • 49. 
    When Proctor tries to present his deposition to Danforth, Parris accuses him of
    • A. 

      Practicing witchcraft

    • B. 

      Attempting to overthrow the court

    • C. 

      Beating Mary Warren to get the confession

    • D. 

      Committing adultery with Abigail

  • 50. 
    With which statement would Mr. Putnam be most likely to agree?
    • A. 

      " If the Bible says witches exist, I guess they do"

    • B. 

      "Maybe it was just God's will that I lost my babies"

    • C. 

      "There are witches here and they must be found"

    • D. 

      Giles Corey as put a spell on my pig"

  • 51. 
    The Nurses and the Putnams
    • A. 

      Had supported the hiring of Parris

    • B. 

      Had daughters who were affected by strange trances

    • C. 

      Represent different factions

    • D. 

      Believed their daughters were just pretending

  • 52. 
    Mrs Putnam confesses to Hale that she
    • A. 

      Has had her fortune told

    • B. 

      Sent Ruth to Tituba to conjure the spirits of the dead babies

    • C. 

      Has been reading a lot of novels

    • D. 

      Danced one herself

  • 53. 
    John Proctor knew the girls were frauds because
    • A. 

      Mary Warren became hysterical and told him

    • B. 

      He overheard them talking

    • C. 

      He saw Abigail drinking the charm

    • D. 

      Abigail told him

  • 54. 
    When she was sitting in the court, Mary Warren made Elizabeth a 
    • A. 

      A poppet

    • B. 

      A pair of mittens

    • C. 

      Scarf

    • D. 

      Tea towel

  • 55. 
    The arrest of ________ proves that the town has gone completely mad
    • A. 

      Rebecca Nurse

    • B. 

      Marry Warren

    • C. 

      Elizabeth Proctor

    • D. 

      Goody Osburn

  • 56. 
    When John Proctor said "Vengeance is walking is Salem," he meant
    • A. 

      The Devil was having a heyday

    • B. 

      There was no more religious freedom

    • C. 

      Paris was out to get him

    • D. 

      The accusations were the result of a desire for revenge

  • 57. 
    According to Giles Corey, Thomas Putnam is
    • A. 

      Reaching out for land

    • B. 

      The real devil's man

    • C. 

      Trying to overthrow the court

    • D. 

      The rightful owner of the wood

  • 58. 
    After Danforth tells Proctor that Elizabeth is pregnant, Proctor insists on presenting his evidence because
    • A. 

      He is trying to save the lives of Rebecca and Martha

    • B. 

      He feels the court proceedings should be stopped altogether

    • C. 

      He is afraid they will hang her anyway

    • D. 

      Both a and b

  • 59. 
    With which issue is this play not concerned?
    • A. 

      Individual freedom

    • B. 

      Integrity and self-respect

    • C. 

      Hypocrisy

    • D. 

      The injustice of the federal courts

  • 60. 
    "There is a prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits"
    • A. 

      Hale

    • B. 

      Rebecca Nurse

    • C. 

      Parris

    • D. 

      Abigail

  • 61. 
    " I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you."
    • A. 

      Thomas Putnam

    • B. 

      Cheever

    • C. 

      Elizabeth Proctor

    • D. 

      Danforth

  • 62. 
    "The promise that a stallion gives a mare I gave that girl"
    • A. 

      Danforth

    • B. 

      Giles Cory

    • C. 

      Thomas Putnam

    • D. 

      John Proctor

  • 63. 
    "Life woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it"
    • A. 

      Abigail

    • B. 

      Hale

    • C. 

      Elizabeth Proctor

    • D. 

      Martha Corey

  • 64. 
    "He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him."
    • A. 

      Hale

    • B. 

      Parris

    • C. 

      Elizabeth Proctor

    • D. 

      Abigail

  • 65. 
    "The pure in heart need no lawyers"
    • A. 

      Danforth

    • B. 

      Hale

    • C. 

      Parris

    • D. 

      John Proctor

  • 66. 
    " I am the minister of the Lord, and I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate no slightest qualm of conscience may doubt it"
    • A. 

      Hale

    • B. 

      Danforth

    • C. 

      John Proctor

    • D. 

      Parris

  • 67. 
    " You cannot hang this sort. There is danger for me"
    • A. 

      Rebecca Nurse

    • B. 

      Parris

    • C. 

      Abigail

    • D. 

      Cheever

  • 68. 
    "You loved me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is you love me yet"
    • A. 

      Hale

    • B. 

      Danforth

    • C. 

      Giles Corey

    • D. 

      Abigail

  • 69. 
    "The man is killing his neighbor for land"
    • A. 

      Cheever

    • B. 

      Abigail

    • C. 

      Giles Corey

    • D. 

      Thomas Putnam

  • 70. 
    "You must understand sir that a person is either with the court be counted against it, there is no road between." 
    • A. 

      Rebecca Nurse

    • B. 

      Hale

    • C. 

      Parris

    • D. 

      Judge Danforth

  • 71. 
    The setting of Act IV is
    • A. 

      Parris' house, where the investigation began.

    • B. 

      The Salem jail, the autumn after the trial.

    • C. 

      The prison in Andover, just before the Proctors' child is due.

    • D. 

      Danforth chambers in Boston, where he hears final appeals.

  • 72. 
    What can the audience infer from the brief scene involving Tituba, Sarah Good, and Herrick that opens Act IV?
    • A. 

      Tituba and Sarah Good are about to be executed for witchcraft.

    • B. 

      Tituba and Sarah Good have come to believe the accusations against them.

    • C. 

      Herrick is drinking in order to dull his anguish at the injustice being done.

    • D. 

      Herrick has come to believe in the visions described by Tituba and Sarah Good.

  • 73. 
    Parris hope that Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor ill confess because he believes that 
    • A. 

      Confession will save their souls from damnation

    • B. 

      Sparing their lives will prevent public rebellion

    • C. 

      Their confessions will confirm the justice of all the trials and executions.

    • D. 

      Their confessions will strengthen the faith of doubting parishioners.

  • 74. 
    What idea about the law is conveyed by Danforth's determination to proceed with the executions immediately?
    • A. 

      Judges tend to be corrupted by the power of their office

    • B. 

      To delay doing justice is to commit injustice.

    • C. 

      Laws made by human beings cannot be reconciled with divine law

    • D. 

      Injustice may be committed in the name of the law.

  • 75. 
    Danforth treats Parris with contempt because 
    • A. 

      He sees that Parris is motivated by fear for his own safety and reputation

    • B. 

      He thinks that Parris was a fool to trust Abigail Williams

    • C. 

      He sees that Parris cares more for wealth than for the spiritual welfare of his parish

    • D. 

      He thinks that Parris values mercy justice

  • 76. 
    Wha is ironic about calling the confessions of witchcraft "coming to God"
    • A. 

      The confessions are made publicity not in prayer

    • B. 

      The confessions are lies and therefore sins against God

    • C. 

      The confessions confirm that sins against God have been commited

    • D. 

      Confessions saves the confessor from death, thereby postponing the confessors

  • 77. 
    What lesson has Elizabeth Proctor learned during her three months imprisonment?
    • A. 

      That all people carry the seeds of evil within themselves

    • B. 

      That human beings cannot be held responsible for their actions

    • C. 

      That one should not judge human frailty too harshly

    • D. 

      That there are no meaningful standards of right and wrong

  • 78. 
    Why does Hale want Proctor to confess to witchcraft?
    • A. 

      To save Proctor from execution

    • B. 

      To save others accused of witchcraft

    • C. 

      To prevent public disorder

    • D. 

      To allow Proctors' family to keep his property

  • 79. 
    When Proctor refuses to condemn others to save himself, his behavior contrasts most strongly with the behavior of
    • A. 

      Parris

    • B. 

      Hathorne

    • C. 

      Danforth

    • D. 

      Corey

  • 80. 
    The climax of Act IV occurs when
    • A. 

      Parris reveals that Abigail Williams has disappeared

    • B. 

      Elizabeth Proctor is brought into the cell

    • C. 

      Proctor decides to confess to witchcraft

    • D. 

      Proctor refuses to sign the confession

  • 81. 
    Which theme is reflected by Proctor's decision to tear up the confession?
    • A. 

      Personal honor determines the worth of one's self

    • B. 

      Government authority can be resisted single-handedly

    • C. 

      Forgiveness can be extended to the guilty as well as the innocent

    • D. 

      The variability of justice is an evil in itself

  • 82. 
    Proctor's determination to preserve his good name speaks to the McCarthy era of the 1950's in that
    • A. 

      Fear of persecution caused many to keep silent

    • B. 

      Laws were passed to prevent this kind of persecution

    • C. 

      The Salem authorities act like communists

    • D. 

      Reputations were ruined by irresponsible accusations

  • 83. 
    A theme represented by Danforth's behavior is that
    • A. 

      Good and evil must finally be determined by law

    • B. 

      Those in power tend to act in the interest of preserving power

    • C. 

      The absence of evidence renders authority powerless

    • D. 

      Legal systems cannot take personal character into account

  • 84. 
    After Proctor is taken off to execution, Parris urges Elizabeth to go to her husband in order to
    • A. 

      Comfort him in his final moments

    • B. 

      Try once more to persuade him to confess

    • C. 

      Show that she believes the death sentence is just

    • D. 

      Make a last appeal to the mercy of the judges

  • 85. 
    Which idea about the play is applicable today?
    • A. 

      Superstitions of colonial America are no longer an issue

    • B. 

      Belief in the supernatural is ipso facto dangerous

    • C. 

      Government is overly concerned with religious issues

    • D. 

      Fear and suspicion can lead to perversions of justice