The Crucible Act 3 Questions

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Instructor: Wendy A. Garland

Wendy has a Ph.D. in Adult Education and a Master's Degree in Business Management. She has 10 years experience working in higher education.

This lesson will include questions from Act 3 of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible.' These questions and answers will aid in better understanding the play and will be organized by topic.

Recap of Act 2 of The Crucible

In Act 2 of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, the trial of those accused of witchcraft by Abigail and the girls was in full swing, with the number of the accused growing by the hour. Mary Warren made a doll while witnessing the trials, and gave it to Elizabeth Proctor, her employer.

John Proctor, meanwhile, knows Abigail and the girls were not under the influence of witchcraft as they claim. However, he did not want to say anything in court due to his fear of getting involved and having his affair with Abigail come to light, that is, until Ezekiel Cheever arrests his wife, Elizabeth, for witchcraft because of her ownership of the doll Mary gave her.

Questions: The Truth On Trial

As Act 3 begins, why does Giles Corey interrupt the proceedings?

Giles Corey interrupts the proceedings and accuses Thomas Putnam of using the trials so he can take land from the accused, and that he has evidence to back up his accusation. He and Putnam are then joined in the vestry by Deputy Governor Danforth, Judge Hathorne, and Reverends Paris and Hale to sort everything out.

Upon arrival, to what does Mary Warren testify?

As everyone is trying to sort out Corey's accusation against Putnam, John Proctor and Mary Warren enter the room. Mary then testifies that Abigail and the girls were only pretending to be under the influence of witchcraft.

After hearing Mary's testimony, what does Reverend Parris accuse John of doing?

Reverend Parris notices Danforth's shock at hearing Mary's testimony, and accuses John of trying to cause trouble and of trying to overthrow the court.

What does Danforth do after hearing Reverend Parris' accusation that John is trying to overthrow the court?

Danforth, intrigued by the accusation, questions John about his religious convictions. John reassures Danforth that he is only there to free his wife Elizabeth, but Reverend Parris tells Danforth that John attends church only once a month or so and works on his farm on Sundays, which is a serious offense in Salem.

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