The Crucible Act II Test

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  • 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 be seen as ignorant or lacking religious knowledge, which could be interpreted as a sign of being in league with the devil. In the context of the Salem witch trials, where religious beliefs played a significant role, not being able to recite the ten commandments could be seen as evidence of witchcraft.

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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 from her behavior and actions throughout the play. She relishes the attention and authority she receives as one of the accusers, and it boosts her self-esteem. She feels important and influential, which gives her a sense of control over others. This desire for power and status is what initially motivates her to join the court proceedings and actively participate in the witch trials.

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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 due to his adulterous affair. This revelation has caused a breach of trust and emotional distance between them. Elizabeth feels betrayed and hurt by John's infidelity, leading to a strained and tense relationship between the couple.

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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 in order to accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft. This action was a manipulative tactic used by Abigail to create evidence against Elizabeth and further fuel the hysteria surrounding witchcraft in Salem. By pretending to be afflicted by witchcraft herself, Abigail hoped to divert attention away from her own actions and shift blame onto Elizabeth. This act ultimately played a significant role in the events of the play, as it contributed to the accusations and arrests of innocent people.

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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 has some sort of power or influence over Mary, which makes her fearful for her own safety. It implies that Abigail is a dangerous individual who poses a threat to Mary's life if she were to reveal the truth.

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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 is expressing his guilt and realization that his own actions, specifically his adultery, have led to Elizabeth's arrest. He understands that his betrayal has put her in a dangerous position and he acknowledges the consequences of his actions. By saying "My wife will never die for me," he is acknowledging that his actions have put Elizabeth's life at risk and he feels responsible for her predicament.

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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 will not hang because she confessed, admitting her guilt, while Goody Osburn did not confess. Confessing may have persuaded the villagers or the court to show leniency towards Sarah Good, considering her admission of wrongdoing. However, since Goody Osburn did not confess, she would be seen as unrepentant and more likely to be sentenced to hang.

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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 believes that Abigail is lying and wants John to expose the truth in order to protect Mary Warren and potentially save innocent people from being wrongly accused of witchcraft. By publicly declaring that Abigail's story is false, John can undermine her credibility and potentially bring an end to the hysteria in 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
    The reason people "part like the seas" for Abigail is because they fear her power to accuse them. This suggests that Abigail has a reputation for making false accusations or manipulating situations to her advantage. This fear causes people to give her space and avoid crossing her, as they do not want to become the target of her accusations.

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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 is supported by the events in Act Two of the play. In this act, Hale starts to question the validity of the witch trials and the evidence being presented. He begins to doubt the credibility of the accusations and realizes that innocent individuals may be wrongly accused and punished. This realization marks a shift in Hale's perspective and raises concerns about the fairness and justice of the trials.

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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. A poppet is a small doll-like figure, usually made of cloth or other soft material. In the context of the question, it can be inferred that Mary Warren gave Elizabeth a poppet as a gesture of friendship or goodwill.

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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 believes that Abigail wants to kill her because she thinks that Abigail is trying to take her place as John's wife. This implies that Elizabeth perceives Abigail as a threat to her marriage and believes that Abigail's intentions are malicious.

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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 suggests that there was evidence or suspicion pointing towards Rebecca Nurse being involved in the death of Goody Putnam's infants. This charge would have been taken seriously in a Puritan society, where the murder of innocent children would be considered a grave offense.

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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 is his own harshest critic and carries the burden of his guilt within himself. She implies that he constantly judges himself and feels remorse for his actions. This interpretation is supported by the context of the conversation, where Proctor is struggling with his guilt over his affair with Abigail and his involvement in the witch trials. Elizabeth's words highlight Proctor's internal struggle and the weight of his guilt on his conscience.

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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 and manipulated by others. Throughout the story, she is shown to be naive and easily swayed by the opinions and actions of those around her, particularly by Abigail Williams. Mary's gullibility is evident in her involvement in the Salem witch trials, where she is influenced to falsely accuse others of witchcraft. Her susceptibility to manipulation ultimately leads to dire consequences for herself and others involved in the 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. By offering the "poppet," Mary is attempting to reconcile with Elizabeth and mend their relationship. This gesture signifies Mary's desire to apologize and make amends for her previous actions, showing her intention to restore harmony between them.

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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 suggests an allusion to the Bible. This comparison draws a parallel between Abigail's experience and the biblical story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, where the waters miraculously parted to make way for them. By using this allusion, Mary emphasizes the significance and impact of Abigail's presence, implying that she was able to command attention and create a path for herself in a similar manner.

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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 their neighbors of witchcraft because he wants to gain their land. This suggests that Putnam may be using the witch trials as a means to falsely accuse others and take over their property. By accusing people of witchcraft, Putnam could potentially have their land confiscated, thereby increasing his own wealth and power. This explanation highlights the motive behind Putnam's actions and suggests that his accusations are driven by personal gain rather than genuine concern for witchcraft in the community.

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