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The Crucible Act 1 - Part 1 (pages 3-34)
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Describe the scene as the play opens.
A bedroom in Reverend Parris's house-Salem, Massachusetts, 1692- Parris is kneeling by the bed where his daughter, Betty lies, inert.
Where has Susanna come from?
What news does she bring?
The doctor cannot find any medicine to cure Betty- the doctor says to look to unnatural things for the cause of her illness.
Why does Reverend Parris deny so strongly that "unnatural causes" is NOT the reason for Betty and Ruth's conditions?
It would look bad on him because he is the minister of Salem.
What did Reverend Parris find his daughter and niece doing?
"dancing like heathen in the forest" (10)
How does Abigail explain it to her uncle?
"It were sport, uncle!" (11)- it was just for fun
Why does Abigail claim to have been fired from the Proctor's service
She says Goody Proctor hates her because Abigail would not be her slave.
How does she describe Goody Proctor on page 12?
"a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman"
What is the rumor that Goody Putnam reveals about Betty?
That Betty flew over a barn
Who is Ruth?
Thomas and Ann Putnam's daughter
What is wrong with Ruth?
She never woke up- her eyes are open and she walks, but she doesn't see or hear and she cannot eat.
What does the reader find out about Thomas Putnam through the narrator's words?
He has many grievances and holds many grudges- he is vindictive about the things that have happened in the past over land and material things.
What does Goody Putnam confess that she has done which horrifies Reverend Parris
She sent Ruth to Tituba to conjure her dead sisters' spirits to see why the died
Abigail begins to change her story. What does she say that Tituba and Ruth were doing the night before in the woods?
What does Mary Warren want to do so that the others don't think they're witches?
Confess and tell what they were really doing in the woods.
When Abigail tries to snap Betty out of it, what does Betty try to do? Who does she call for?
She tries to fly and calls for her mom (who is dead)
What does Betty say that Abigail did in the woods that she didn't tell her uncle about?
Abigail drank blood.
Why did Abigail do it? (the answer to #17)
Abigail drank a charm to kill John Proctor's wife
What does Abigail tell the other girls to say about what happened in the woods?
They danced and Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters- that is all
What does she threaten to do if they tell the truth?
"I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you" (20)- she will kill them.
Why is John Proctor angry with Mary Warren?
She is supposed to working at his house- he forbid her to leave
What is revealed about John Proctor and Abigail's relationship?
They had an affair while she was working in his home.
Why does John Proctor say he will do before he ever reaches for her again?
Cut off his hand
Why does Betty suddenly start screaming and covering her ears?
The people downstairs begin singing a psalm
Who rushes in to see what is happening?
Parris, Thomas and Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis.
What does Thomas Putnam say the Betty's behavior means?
She cannot bear to hear the Lord's name, so she must be a witch
Describe characteristics of Rebecca Nurse.
Older, gentle, well respected by everyone, likes that she is married to Francis because of his high status.
What does Rebecca Nurse say is wrong with Betty?
Nothing- she is just having a "silly season" and will wake when she tires of it.
Who is in favor of Reverend Hale coming to Salem to look for witches?
The Putnams and Parris
Who is against his coming and says he should be sent back to Beverly?
Rebecca and John
Why does John Proctor say that he has not been coming to church?
All Parris preaches about is "hellfire and bloody damnation" and he hardly ever mentions God anymore.
What is Reverend Parris most concerned with while talking to Proctor, Putnam and Giles?
His payment and wood
As the discussion of the church and Reverend Parris's ministry gets heated, what does Proctor say that shocks the others?
He says he will find the group against Parris and join it
Why is this seen as so shocking and bad?
Puritans believed that people were not supposed to speak against their minister.
Why does Proctor say that Giles sues people so much?
He can't hear well, so he often misunderstands what people are saying
As he is leaving, what do Proctor and Putnam argue about?
Land and wood
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