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Maddock American Lit Crucible

Character and vocabulary review for Arthur Miller's The Crucible
STUDY
PLAY
Abigail Williams
disappears with stolen money when the court begins to fall apart
Rev. Parris
is scared when he finds a knife in his door and his life is threateneed near the end of the play as people become more distrusting of the courts
Rev. Hale
has studied witchcraft and has many books on the subject
Betty Parris
person some believed was bewitched at the beginning of the play
Rebecca Nurse
respected older woman who believes the girls will come out of their trances if they are left alone; is accused of being a witch and killing babies
Elizabeth Proctor
feels guilty because she has been cold and suspicious of her husband
John Proctor
does not agree with his minister about several things, including the minister's salary and golden candlesticks; feels guilty because he has been unfaithful to his wife
Tituba
first person to confess to witchcraft
Giles Corey
an old man who has sued his neighbors in court many times; has brought trouble to his wife because of his suspicions about her reading
Thomas Putnam
a person who accuses his neighbors of witchcraft and later gets their land
Ann Putnam
was probably jealous of women with large families since seven of her babies died
Mary Warren
works for Proctors at the time of the trials; Abigail accuses this person of being a spirit in a yellow bird, though this person had been one of the afflicted
confounded
v./adj.-- confused
predilection
n.--preexisting preference
adamant
adj.--firm, unchanging
avidly
adv.--eagerly
pallor
n.--paleness, lacking color
prodigious
adj.--large and powerful
ameliorate
v.--to make better
tantalized
v.--tormented
retaliation
v.--to get back for something
contentious
adj.--tending to argue
abomination
n---a horror
imperceptible
adj.--barely noticeable
dissembling
adj.--hiding the truth
deference
n.--respect
beguile
v.--to trick
Thou shalt not commit adultery
the commandment John Proctor forgot
poppet with needle in it
evidence found against Elizabeth Proctor
pressed to death
this is how Giles Corey dies
to save John's reputation
this is why Elizabeth lies