The Crucible Study Guide
Directions: Please answer the following questions on separate sheets of paper. The study guide
can be used on reading checks and will aid class discussions and writing assignments. This will
be due at the end of the play unless directed otherwise.
1. Why do you think Dansforth is concerned whether Proctor has told anyone else about the
girls’ lies?
2. What words demonstrate Parris’s reaction to having John Proctor in the court?
3. When Proctor hears that his wife claims to be pregnant, what reason does he give for
believing her?
4. What does Hale ask Parris about those who attack the court? What is Parris’ ironic
5. Why does Giles not reveal his witness?
6. What threat does Abigail give Dansforth when he accuses her of lying?
7. How do Abigail and the other girls turn the accusation against Mary Warren?
8. What sacrifice does Elizabeth make for her husband? How is the result of this sacrifice
9. In what way has Hale completed his transformation as a dynamic character by end of Act
10. Upon finishing this act, explain how Proctor’s earlier advice to Mary Warren is ironic to
both of their situations. “Do that which is good, and no harm shall come to thee.”
11. Explain how Miller uses the following dramatic subjects (change to themes) to establish
character and create a basis for the tragedy in his Overture and throughout the play as you
go along read. Keep these definitions handy, and try and identify when you believe you
found one so that you can investigate its purpose in the text.
Control through severity:
Strength through motivation:
Redemption through suffering:
Survival through unity:
Perseverance to survive:
Strong religious aspirations:
Trepidation and a sense of diabolism:
Reverence and a sense of divine insight:
Wonder and a sense of transcendentalism:
Respect and a sense of spiritualism: