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The Crucible Act 1 Questions

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  • 0:27 Factual Recall Questions
  • 1:36 Higher Order Questions
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Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

This lesson provides questions for Act 1 of Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible.' The questions cover all levels of thinking, from simple recall questions to complex topics that require higher order thinking skills.

Act One

First, we'll split our questions for Act One of the The Crucible into two groups. The first group consists of factual recall questions. These questions could be used to check your students' understanding of the characters, plot, and conflicts of the play. The second group requires higher order thinking and would best be used to start a class discussion, drive a small group debate, or serve as essay questions on an assessment.

Factual Recall Questions

  • What is the setting of the play? Cover location, time period, and the culture.
  • As the play opens, what is the problem with Betty Parris?
  • Who is Tituba? What is her role in the Parris household?
  • Why did Reverend Parris ask John Hale to come to Salem?
  • What disturbing scene did Reverend Parris witness in the woods?
  • When Abigail is confronted about what happened in the woods, what is her version of events?
  • Mrs. Putnam spreads a rumor about Betty. What fantastic act does she claim Betty performed?
  • What were the girls really doing in the woods?
  • What kind of person is John Proctor?
  • How does John Proctor treat his servant Mary Warren?
  • Explain the relationship between John Proctor and Abigail.
  • What is Rebecca Nurse's reputation in Salem? What does she believe is the cause of the girls' strange condition?
  • What is the reason John Proctor gives for not attending church regularly?
  • Describe Reverend Hale's personality and reputation.
  • What does Tituba confess when she is confronted by Abigail and Reverend Hale?
  • What are Abigail, Betty, and Tituba doing as the act ends?

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