The Crucible: Act 2 Vocabulary


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In The Crucible, what does Elizabeth mean when she tells John, 'The magistrate sits in your heart...'?

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1. In The Crucible, when Mary Warren returns from court, John Proctor notices her pallor. What does pallor mean?

2. In The Crucible, what does John mean when he accuses Elizabeth of thinking him 'base'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Period dramas like The Crucible often feature language that is more formal or less familiar than what we use today. On this quiz and worksheet, you will answer test questions on some of the vocabulary that is used in Act 2 of the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions cover:

  • What base means, and why John accuses Elizabeth of thinking of him that way
  • The definition of pallor
  • How providence is used and what it means

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Act 2 to explain what John Proctor is seeing when he notices Mary's pallor after she returns from the trial
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as lechery and base
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who Elizabeth is talking about in the following quotation: The magistrate sits in your heart...

Additional Learning

Examine the lesson titled, The Crucible: Act 2 Vocabulary for additional information. By the end of the lesson, you should be able to:

  • Define ameliorate
  • Explain what blasphemy is
  • Describe what a magistrate does