Ruth Putnam in The Crucible


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In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, how is Ruth first introduced?

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1. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, how does Ruth's 'illness' strengthen and help set the stage for the Salem Witch Trials?

2. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, why did Mrs. Putnam send Ruth to Tituba?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ruth Putnam is an important character in The Crucible. This quiz and worksheet will quiz you on this character's significant actions taken throughout the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assets you will be tested over the following topics:

  • How Ruth is first introduced in the play
  • Ruth's 'illness' and its connection to the Salem Witch Trials
  • Motivating factors behind Mrs. Putnam sending Ruth to Tituba
  • How Mercy Lewis planned to cure Ruth
  • Ruth's malicious accusations

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most relevant and important details from the accompanying literature lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about important actions taken by Ruth
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding how Mercy Lewis wanted to cure Ruth's 'illness'

Additional Learning

In order to learn more about this play, be sure to check out the lesson, Ruth Putnam in The Crucible. It can help you complete these tasks:

  • Understand what Reverend Parris was against
  • Examine characteristics of Ruth
  • Review the relationship between Ruth and Betty