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The Crucible characters Act 1
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A minister from the town of Beverly who is recognized authority on witchcraft
Niece of Parris; orphan; mistress of Proctor; ringleader among the girls.
Lost seven children during childbirth
terrified of her father, catatonic after being caught in the woods
Giles Corey's third wife who likes to read books; accused witch
Goody Elizabeth Proctor
wife of John, ill since birth of last baby, insecure
Husband of Rebecca; had land dispute with the Putnams
A farmer who had an affair with Abigail but felt so guilty he confessed to his wife.
servant in Proctor Home as the play begins, weak and easily manipulated
servant in Putnam home
Midwife at birth of three Putnam babies who were born dead; one of the first accused witches
Mrs. Putnam blames witchcraft for _____?
The death of her children.
Old, garrulous villager; unintentionally causes his wife to be accused
Putnam's brother in law; Putnam's preferred choice to be minister instead of Parris; opposed by the Rebecca and Francis Nurse
Putnam's servant; also involved with accusations of witches; among the girls who "cry out" at the trial; danced naked in the woods.
quotation: "I am not some preaching farmer with a book under my arm;I am a graduate of Harvard College."
Who says: "I want to open myself! I want the light of God. I want the sweet love of Jesus."
Has 11 children, 26 grandchildren, does not believe in witchcraft
Who says: "We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise."
A minister in Salem who is more worried about his reputation than the life of his daughter or the lives of his parishioners
only living child of Ann Putnam
beggar, first accused of witchcraft
tells Rev. Parris that the doctor can find no medical cause for Betty's illness
The religious sect whose beliefs are important in the play are the
thinks he owns more land than he does
Parris' Barbados slave; first accused witch
Tituba admits that Satan told her to kill...
her owner, Rev. Parris
Vindictive, bitter villager who believes he has been wronged and cheated (pig that died and land he thinks was his grandfather's); leading village voice against the witches
What concerns Giles Corey?
That his wife is reading books - he cannot pray when she is.
What is at the root of the argument between John Proctor and Thomas Putnam?
What is one rumor going around town about Betty?
That she was seen flying over Ingersol's barn.
What is Rebecca Nurse's explanation for the girls?
That children do foolish things and they will stop when they are tired of their nonsense.
What is the name of the witch expert that Rev. Parris sends for?
What is the setting of The Crucible
Salem, Massachusettes in the 1600's
What was Abigail's motive for "dancing" in the woods?
She wanted Tituba to conjure a spell to kill Goody Proctor (John Proctor's wife)
When she awakens, Betty tells the girls that Abigail_____.
drank blood to kill Goody Proctor
Who doesn't John Proctor get along with?
Rev. Samuel Parris and Thomas Putnam
Who is the most respected "saintly" woman in the village?
Rebecca Nurse, age 72
Who says, "I cannot say my prayers!"
Giles Corey, age 83
Who says, "I never knew what a pretense Salem was!"
Why did Tituba confess to seeing the Devil?
It stopped Rev. Parris from beating her to death
Why does Mrs. Putnam send her daughter Ruth to Tituba?
To conjure up her dead sisters to find out who killed them
Why doesn't John Proctor like Rev. Parris's sermons?
Because they speak about eternal damnation. + His golden candlesticks.
Why is Rev. Parris reluctant to admit that the girls may be bewitched?
He is the minister and will lose his reputation in Salem if his family is involved.
Wife of Thomas Putnam; first plants the idea that Betty has been bewitched
Goody Ann Putnam
Only Period in America where there was a sense of "mass hysteria" regarding a fear that there were communist "living amongst us", period in US when there was a suspicion of communism and fear of widespread infiltration of communists in the US government
author of The Crucible
a severe test or trial, esp. one that causes a lasting change or influence
definition of "crucible"
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