Hysteria in The Crucible


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What is hysteria as used in Arthur Miller's The Crucible?

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1. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, what about the cultural context of 17th century Salem made it particularly susceptible to hysteria?

2. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, how did Reverend Hale get Abigail Williams to confess to witchery?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Crucible is a classic play written by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials. This quiz will help you gauge your understanding of the use of hysteria in the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will judge your understanding of Arthur Miller's The Crucible and the concept of hysteria, including:

  • The definition
  • The causes
  • Social environment for women
  • Confessions and accusations in the play

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Arthur Miller's The Crucible
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of hysteria to understand why Salem was susceptible to it in this time period
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the plot of the play

Additional Learning

For more about Arthur Miller's classic work, review the lesson titled Hysteria in The Crucible. This lesson goes further in-depth about the play, including:

  • Cultural context
  • Spark of accusations
  • Use of manipulation and fear