Mary Warren in The Crucible


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In the beginning of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, what does Mary Warren try to persuade Abigail to do?

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1. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, how does Mary respond to Abigail's threats?

2. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, how does Mary act toward her employers, the Proctors, after she begins to participate in the court?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mary Warren comes across as a frightened, easily-led and weak personality who allows herself to be ruled by others whether it's in her own best interest or not. Questions on the worksheet and quiz will center on her desire to tell the truth and how it is overborne, how her attitude towards her employers undergoes a change when she becomes involved in the trials, and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet combo examines the following:

  • What Mary originally wants from Abigail
  • How Mary stands up under Abigail's bullying
  • Mary's explanation of the toy she made for Elizabeth
  • Terms Mary uses to describe the witch trials

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - confirm your understanding of Mary's role in the witch trials
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about how Mary uses her newfound importance in the courts to try to intimidate her employers
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the significance Mary attaches to the trials

Additional Learning

To learn more about Mary's character, access Mary Warren in The Crucible . The lesson covers the objectives shown:

  • Illustrate the relative weakness of Mary's character
  • Demonstrate how her unwillingness to stand up for herself adds to the panic that grips the community
  • Understand how Abigail's threats demolish Mary's resolution
  • Examine the success or failure of Mary's attempts to do the right thing