Themes in The Crucible

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The Crucible was written to comment on which historical event?

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1. In The Crucible, which one of the following characters fulfills the role of the tragic hero?

2. How do honor and integrity function as a theme in The Crucible?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several themes that run through Arthur Miller's The Crucible. This worksheet/quiz combo tests you on these by asking you questions concerning the historical event that is symbolized by the play, the identity of a flawed but still admirable major character, why hysteria is something that people should fear, and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test yourself on the material shown below:

  • Contemporary historical basis for The Crucible
  • Which less-than-perfect character finally rated personal integrity over the desire for life
  • What event touched off the hysteria that engulfed Salem

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of The Crucible to identify the initial event that began the witch hunt according to the play
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about one faultless character's influence on a character who, while basically good, was not faultless
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding this play to explain the theme that mass hysteria is dangerous

Additional Learning

Read or view the lesson titled Themes in The Crucible to learn more. The lesson covers the following:

  • Define and elaborate on what a theme is
  • Explain how events taking place in Miller's time resembled a witch hunt
  • Discuss the theme that one's life is less important than maintaining one's personal honor
  • Describe the level of questioning that took place in the contemporary event that inspired the play
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