Part A. Matching
Directions: Match the following (1 point each): 10%
- Mary Warren
- Niece of Reverend Parris
- Noticed his wife reading strange books
- Would do anything for land
- Respected woman, mother of eleven
- Servant of the Proctors
- Minister from Beverly
- Deputy governor and judge at witch trials
- Became pregnant at the age of sixty
- Lost seven of her babies shortly after birth
- Slave of Reverend Parris
- Reverend Hale
- Rebecca Nurse
- Ann Putnam
- Abigail Williams
- Judge Danforth
- Goody Good
- Thomas Putnam
- Giles Corey
Part B. True or False
Directions: Write if the following are true or false (1 point each): 10%
- Reverend Hale questions the Proctors for a number of reasons.
- Abigail was completely to blame for the witch-hunt.
- Mary Warren is a sympathetic character.
- Giles Corey is a somewhat comical character in the play.
- Reverend Parris sincerely wanted to purge his congregation of
- Hawthorne acted as a fair and objective court official.
- Elizabeth Proctor hangs for witchcraft.
- Putnam and Parris have similar opinions about Church authority.
- Rebecca Nurse confesses to witchcraft.
- Abigail was cunning and ingenious in her planning.
Part C. Short Answer1. What were four entertainments forbidden by Puritans?
Directions: List the following answers (6 points each): 42%
How is Elizabeth portrayed (starting from the beginning of Act to the
end of the play)? What virtues does she represent? Why is Elizabeth's
testimony in court so crucial to the development of the play?
- In the beginning,
she is described as cold, gentle, calm, reserved, loves John but does
not express it; keeps a cold home; physical ill; honest, good Christian;
non-forgiving. As the play develops, she is portrayed as strong, loving
and would-do-anything to protect her husband's name, and non-judgmental,
a true Christian
- She represents the virtues of honesty,
forgiveness and integrity and strength.
- Elizabeth's testimony is the turning point of
the play. It's essential due to the fact that
- She lied for John( totally against her
- John lost his last weapon to destroy
Abigail and and from this point on, he starts falling
into the tragic ending.
What 's the symbolic meaning of the end of Act II where John cried, "May
God's icy wind blow!"? What does the ending foreshadow?
- It symbolizes the devil is overpowering the
world-good people are being punished while the evils prevail.
- It also symbolizes that God's wrath will
eventually rip off the pretense among people and revel their true color.
- The ending foreshadows that more people will
be destroyed. The world will be turned upside down.
What drove John Proctor to proclaim that "God is Dead"? What dramatic
effect does this claim create?
- Virtuous people are being punished while the
evil ones prevail
- No one has fear of God any more. They do
whatever they want-they lie, and accuse other people out of vengeance or
greed. People harm others to gain their personal needs.
- Judges are blind and regard a group of girls,
who are frauds, as God's fingers.
- The dramatic effect is -audience feels
awe-struck, incredulous, angry, sad and fearful.
2. Name the setting of each act; tell why it was important.
- Act I: Meeting House in Salem, mysterious dark
and solemn creating a dark and uncertain mood that is perfect for
the imminent event-witchcraft accusation.
- Act II: The Proctor's house-cold but
peaceful indicating the problem between Elizabeth and John but still it
is a tranquil world opposite to the one in Salem. The peace later on is
destroyed by Hale's visit and Elizabeth's arrest.
- Act III: The vestry room of the meeting house
but now serves as the General Court. It's ironic since the meeting room
is for people to meet and discuss about religion and now it's a place
where innocent people get accused and sent to jail, which is really an
act of sacrilege.
- Act IV: Salem jail-where John refuses to sign
his name on the Confession and ultimately loses his life for saving his
3. List four perversions of the court.
- Allowing Abigail and other girls to
accuse other innocent people without evidence
- Use violence and hanging threat to make people
- To coerce people to sign paper to cover their
- To ignore the voice of the majority (petition)
and randomly arrest people
4. Explain two meanings of the word "crucible" and how each applies to the
- A severe test-John Proctor is being tested of
whether he'll keep his integrity or sell his soul to keep his life
- a place or situation in which concentrated
forces interact to cause or influence change or development -Salem
5. What is the most ironic scene in the play?
- Where Elizabeth lies for John while John has
already confessed in court
6. How does Reverend Hale change in the play?
- In the beginning he was a strong believer of
witchcraft and the dark world. He was the one who started questioning
and arresting those who were suspicious of dealing with the devil.
- Later when he saw so many good people
arrested, he lost his confidence in this matter. He starts to defend
- In the end, he knew the witchcraft accusation
was originated from personal vengeance and greed.
Proctor is called "Anti-Christ" and "befouled with hell" by
Danforth. What's so ironic about the accusation?
- Because we, the audience, know he is the one
who has befouled with the devil by listening to Abigail.
7. What are Parris's two motives for seeking confessions at the conclusion
of the play?
- To protect himself (he fears for his life).
- To cover up the evil nature of the witchcraft
Part D. Essay (6 points each) 42%
Directions: Choose Three questions out of Six to answer :
- Show the analogy between Salem witch-hunts in 1692 and the McCarthy
hearings of the 1950s.
a. Finger-pointing: people point their fingers at
other people to save themselves
b. Many innocent people were persecuted without trial.
- Explain how The Crucible is a tragedy and Proctor, the
protagonist, is a tragic hero.
- "Tragedy is essentially an expression of
despair, but of the triumph over despair and of confidence in the value
of human life."
- "Nobility is inseparable from the idea of
tragedy which cannot exist without it. Its action is usually calamitous,
because it is only in calamity that the human spirit has the opportunity
to reveal itself triumphant over the outward universe which fails to
conquer it." Proctor, the hero, died in the end together with many
other good people but his spirit shines through the tragic ending. It
uplifted our spirit to see that there is something beautiful still
remaining in the world and the world will turn around by the positive
force represented by the hero.
- The Crucible is a tragedy because good people
are defeated while the evil prevails. It speaks to weaknesses of the
human character. It also shows how justice can be manipulated and
- The play also speaks of dishonesty and
opportunism( grabbing every opportunity to benefit oneself).
- It speaks directly about the bigotry of
religious and about communities torn apart by groundless accusations.
- It describes fear of forces one can't
understand and control.
- Proctor is a tragic hero because three
fundamentals of tragedy are fulfilled.
- First, through a torturous process
of self-examination an individual( Proctor) arrives at a new
realization of himself and his relationship to the world at large.
- Secondly, the individual (Proctor)
discovers in the necessity of making a decision in the face of
- Thirdly, although the movement
toward self-recognition leads to destruction( death), an affirmation
of life is ultimately propounded
- What did Parris mean when he said to Proctor: "It is not for you to say
what is good for you to hear." (Act 1)?
- Parris tries to indicate that Proctor is
manipulating the conversation or he is lying. By doing so her can cover
up the truth. From the very beginning Parris is a liar and will do
anything to protect himself.
- What does Proctor mean when he says: "I have three children—how may I
teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?" (Act 4)?
- He can't be a good model for them to follow if
he had bowed to the evil.
- He'd lose his integrity if he lies.
- He'd have no pride if he sold his friends to
keep his life.
- His spirit would have broken if he did so.
- What does Rebecca mean when she says: "Another judgment awaits us all."
- Rebecca is an exemplar of what a good
Christian should be. She believes that God will judge them all when they
die. There is a higher power to judge them not the people on the
earth in this secular world. The evil will be punished by what 's
represented by God.
- What does Reverend Hale mean when he says about Proctor: "What profit
him to bleed? Shall the dust praise him? Shall the worms declare his truth?"
- What would benefit him if he dies. He will
only turn into dust- nonexistence. What would he do then? No one will
remember him or praise him once he dies. Death shall speak truth for
him. Death will not clean up his name.
- What does Elizabeth mean when she says about John: "He may have his
goodness now, God forbid I take it from him." (Act 4)
- Elizabeth knew that John had been struggling
within himself but she truly believe John is a good man although without
weaknesses. He committed adultery and he confessed it to save Elizabeth;
then he tried to lie to save his life. But when his name is threatened
to be contaminated, he decided to stand up for what he believes. He
chooses death over lying and accusing his friends. In doing so, he
purged his sins , which is why Elizabeth says, "He may have his goodness
Part E Dictation ( 1 POINT EACH) 10%