Crucible Act 3 Critical Thinking Questions For Interview

Study Questions
1. What does Abigail do when confronted with Mary’s accusation of pretense?

2. What behavior of Abby’s does Proctor bring to the judges’ attention?

3. Why does he choose to reveal these things?

4. What is Reverend Parris’ reaction to these charges against his niece?

5. How is Mary asked to prove that the girls were lying?

6. How does Abigail respond to Mary’s assertions that the girls were all lying?

7. What does Proctor finally call Abigail?

8. Who is brought in to back up this accusation, and what does she do?

9. How does Mary finally respond to Abby’s behavior?

10. What happens to Proctor at the end of the act?

Answers
1. Abby denies the proceedings are mere pretense.

2. Abby has laughed at prayer and danced naked in the woods.

3. Proctor attempts to show flaws in Abby’s Christian character that might prove that she is lying.

4. Parris reacts to the charges against Abby as if they were personal insults against himself.

5. Mary is asked to fake fainting to show how the girls were faking in the court.

6. Abigail turns against Mary, claiming that Mary has sent her spirit out to afflict her.

7. In desperation, Proctor calls Abigail a whore, confessing his lechery.

8. Elizabeth is brought in to back up her husband’s testimony, and she lies.

9. Mary is terrified, and rather than risk being hanged as a witch, she once again sides with the other girls and accuses Proctor of being a witch.

10. Proctor is arrested and jailed as a witch.

  • 1. 

    Why do Giles and Frances want to see Danforth?

    • A. 

      They intend to beat him to his senses.

    • B. 

      They want to explain their roles in the witchcraft scheme.

    • C. 

      They want to persuade the judge that their wives are good women.

    • D. 

      They want to explain how Parris is at fault.

  • 2. 

    1.      What is Parris’ argument against Proctor?

    • A. 

      Parris says that Proctor is trying to overthrow the court.

    • B. 

      Parris says that Proctor is biased because of his position between Abigail and Elizabeth.

    • C. 

      Parris says that Proctor is just getting even with him.

    • D. 

  • 3. 

    1.      Why did Danforth grant Elizabeth extra time?

    • A. 

      He didn’t blame her for being jealous of Abigail.

    • B. 

      She was trying to convince John to confess.

    • C. 

      She said she was pregnant.

    • D. 

      He almost believe Mary’s story.

  • 4. 

    1.      Of what does Giles accuse Putnam?

    • A. 

      He accuses him of killing his neighbors for their land

    • B. 

      He accuses him of being in service to the devil.

    • C. 

      He accuses him of taking advantage of the girls.

    • D. 

      He accuses him of being a hypocrite.

  • 5. 

    1.      What is Hale’s problem as Proctor and his friends present evidence to Danforth?

    • A. 

      He worries about his own safety from the girls’ accusations.

    • B. 

      He sees that he has been a failure at removing witchcraft from Salem.

    • C. 

      He thinks his reputation will be hurt.

    • D. 

      He begins to realize that the people who have been accused and sentenced so far could very well have been innocent.

  • 6. 

    1.      Hathorne thinks of a test for Mary. What is it?

    • A. 

      He asks her to recite the Ten Commandments.

    • B. 

    • C. 

      He asks her to fly around the room.

    • D. 

      He asks her to stick a pin in her poppet.

  • 7. 

    What do the girls do to Mary?

    • A. 

    • B. 

      They threaten her, saying she will regret her wrongful accusations about them for the rest of her life.

    • C. 

      They pretend that her spirit is coming to get them.

    • D. 

      They pretend the devil is in the room.

  • 8. 

    Which line best expresses the real truth behind the trials?

    • A. 

      "Is every defense an attack upon the court?"

    • B. 

      "I have evidence for the court!"

    • C. 

      "But it does not follow that everyone accused is part of it."

    • D. 

      ".... private vengeance is working through this testimony!"

  • 9. 

    Giles Corey is arrested because he refuses to ...

    • A. 

      Name the person who accused Putnam of grabbing land.

    • B. 

      Leave the court without presenting his evidence.

    • C. 

      Accuse his wife of conjuring spells.

    • D. 

      Name the books his has been reading.

  • 10. 

    Hale begins seriously to doubt the morality and motivations of the trials when he ...

    • A. 

      Hears John Proctor's story.

    • B. 

    • C. 

      Signs Rebeca's death sentence.

    • D. 

  • 11. 

    Francis Nurse is terrified when Danforth insists on questioning the people who signed his petition because he ...

    • A. 

      Knows he will be arrested for contempt.

    • B. 

      Knows the people will deny signing it.

    • C. 

      Promised no harm would come to them.

    • D. 

      Feels the judge should accept his word.

  • 12. 

    Hale denounces the proceedings of the court because he ...

    • A. 

      Believes that Parris has orchestrated the trials.

    • B. 

      Feels that the devil will never be driven from Salem.

    • C. 

      Is upset by the way John Proctor has treated Abigail.

    • D. 

      Believes the testimony of Mary Warren and John Proctor.

  • 13. 

    Whose trial is going on at the beginning of Act 3?

    • A. 

    • B. 

    • C. 

    • D. 

  • 14. 

    All of the following say they have proof that the girls are frauds except:

    • A. 

    • B. 

    • C. 

    • D. 

  • 15. 

    All of the following are offered as proof that the girls are frauds except:

    • A. 

      A petition signed by the community stating that Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, and Elizabeth Proctor are good women and have not done anything to indicate that they have dealings with the devil.

    • B. 

      A deposition sating that Thomas Putnam was having his daughter cry witchcraft in order to gain land from others.

    • C. 

      Mary Warren’s deposition stating that the girls are not telling the truth.A deposition sating that Thomas Putnam was having his daughter cry witchcraft in order to gain land from others.

    • D. 

      John Proctor’s deposition stating that he had an affair with Abigail Williams

  • 16. 

    What does Proctor find out about his wife from Danforth?

    • A. 

    • B. 

    • C. 

    • D. 

      She has confessed to witchcraft

  • 17. 

    What happens to Giles Corey?

    • A. 

    • B. 

    • C. 

    • D. 

  • 18. 

    What does Abigail do when confronted by Hawthorne about the cries of witchcraft being lies?

    • A. 

      She acts offended that he would even question her.

    • B. 

      She attempts to leave the room

    • C. 

      She pretends to see Marry Warren’s spirit in the form of a yellow bird.

    • D. 

  • 19. 

    What does Proctor end up confessing about himself?

    • A. 

    • B. 

      He had an affair with Abigail

    • C. 

      He doesn’t’ believe in God

    • D. 

  • 20. 

    How does Danforth check Proctor’s story?

    • A. 

      He asks Abigail to tell the truth and he trusts her story

    • B. 

      He takes a poll of the people standing in the courtroom to see if they believe him

    • C. 

      He brings Elizabeth in and asks her why she fired Abigail

    • D. 

      He brings Martha Corey in to second his story

  • 21. 

    How does Mary Warren react under the pressure of the girls?

    • A. 

      She breaks down and points her finger at John Proctor saying he is with the devil.

    • B. 

      She gets so upset that she runs out of the room crying hysterically.

    • C. 

      She stands strong and the judges believe what she is saying

    • D. 

      She sticks to her story and doesn’t falter with the truth.

  • 22. 

    In Act Three, the details of the setting create a mood that is ...

    • A. 

    • B. 

    • C. 

    • D. 

  • 23. 

    When Abigail says to Danforth, “Think you be so mighty that the power ofHell may not turn your wits? Beware of it!” she is ...

    • A. 

      Asking Danforth to help her.

    • B. 

      Saying that she regrets accusing innocent people.

    • C. 

      Asking Danforth for forgiveness.

    • D. 

      Using her power to threaten him.

  • 24. 

    What can you conclude about Parris from Act Three?

    • A. 

      He truly fears for his life.

    • B. 

      He is a tremendous help to the proceedings.

    • C. 

      He is concerned about Mary Warren.

    • D. 

      He is fighting hard to get at the truth.

  • 25. 

    Elizabeth Proctor did not tell Danforth that Abigail was a harlot because she ...

    • A. 

      Wanted John to be arrested.

    • B. 

      Feared that John might be hanged for adultery.

    • C. 

      Wanted to save John’s reputation.

    • D. 

      Did not want to hurt Abigail’s reputation.

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