1. Act I Questions What do you think of Abigail, and what would you have said to her if you had been present at the end of Act I? 2. Why is Revered Parris so terrified by the events in Salem? What possible result does he fear? 3. How would you interpret Abigail’s relationship to the other girls and her relationship to Proctor? 4. At the end of the act, what do you think is Abigail’s motivation to “open” herself and begin naming names? 5. A static character changes little or not at all during a story. A dynamic character changes in an important way as a result of the story’s action. Among the characters introduced in Act I, which do you think have potential for change as the play progresses? Briefly note why. 6. When someone is accused of a crime today, do people still have a tendency to “jump on the bandwagon” with the accusers? Explain your answer, giving an example if possible. Act II Questions 1. At this point in the play, what would you do if you were John Proctor? 2. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor. 3. How do you interpret Mary Warren’s visions and accusations? What clues does Miller give us about her motivations? 4. The protagonist of a story is the central character who drives the action, while the antagonist is the character who struggles against the protagonist, often with destructive intent. Which characters seem to have emerged as the protagonist and antagonist? Support your answer with specific evidence. 5. Identify at least three external conflicts, and then describe the internal conflict that John Proctor faces. 6. What insights do you gain about the Puritans that you would not usually see in a history textbook? What dangers are there in relying only on this type of later literature for historical truth? Act III Questions 1. Identify one phrase or expression in Act III that made a strong impression on you. Tell why the phrase affected you. 2. Danforth believes that he is “living in a sharp time” in which good and evil are not “mixed” in people, but are easily distinguishable (which means easy to see). Do you agree with his viewpoint? Why/why not? 3. What does Hale mean when he asks if every defense is an attack upon the court? How has Hale changed by the end of this act? Using your notes/text to help explain the transformation of this dynamic character. 4. When John reveals his true relationship to Abigail, what do you think he also reveals about his character and his motivation? 5. In sports, politics, and war, people often demonize their opponents—that is, they portray their enemies as incarnations of evil. Can you think of examples? Why do you think people do this? What effect do you think such behavior has on society as a whole? Act IV Questions 1. Which character do you most identify with? Why? Be detailed. 2. Why does Hale counsel Elizabeth to persuade her husband, John Proctor, to lie? In your opinion, do you think he is right to do so? Explain. 3. What motivations does Proctor have for confessing? At the same time, why does he see his confession as deeply ironic and wrong? 4. In the play’s climax, Proctor destroys his own confession. Why does he ultimately choose his “goodness” now?