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Abigail Williams in The Crucible

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In Act I of The Crucible, what do the words 'I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shatter you!' express?

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1. In Act I of The Crucible, why does Abigail want to keep her activities (dancing, conjuring, having sex) secret?

2. In Act II of The Crucible, how is Abigail's newfound authority expressed?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Abigail Williams is a central character in The Crucible. In this quiz/worksheet combo, you will be asked about her growing influence in the community, her threat to the other girls, John Proctor's comments concerning the reasons for her conduct, and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer questions on the following:

  • The significance of Abigail's threat of a 'pointy reckoning'
  • How Abigail is portrayed in Act II
  • The reason Abigail wants to conceal her conduct in the woods
  • John Proctor's explanation for Abigail's accusations

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Abigail's personality to explain what is demonstrated by her threatening words to her friends
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about how Abigail's sudden authority is seen in Salem
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why Abigail does not want anyone to find out about how she behaved in the forest

Additional Learning

For greater insights into Abigail's character, read the lesson titled Abigail Williams in The Crucible. The lesson presents the following objectives:

  • Understand the complexity of Abigail's character
  • Examine the increasing influence she has over the other girls, the townspeople and the court
  • Discuss how she gains and uses power while still maintaining her societal role as a modest young woman
  • Identify the sources of her growing authority
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