English 11 Honors Rivers The Crucible



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English 11 Honors

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Carefully read and consider each of the following statements. Then mark whether you agree or disagree with each statement. Explain your feelings about this statement in the space below it.

Strongly Agree=SA Agree=A Strongly Disagree=SD Disagree=D

_______ 1. “All is fair in love and war.”

_______ 2. Adultery is acceptable in today’s society.

_______ 3. Withholding the truth is the same thing as telling a lie.

_______ 4. There are times in life when you should lie.

_______ 5. Life is worth holding on to at all cost.

_______ 6. I am willing to accept the consequences of my actions.

_______ 7. In the American judicial system, the accused is innocent until proven guilty.

List the top five sinners in the history of mankind. Explain briefly why you’ve chosen each.

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By your definition, explain the nature of evil. In other words, define the motives behind one’s actions which constitute evil to you.

List five things for which people have been willing to die.

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Is there any principle beyond love for family for which you would give your life? If so, what? Why?

The following list contains the personal offenses committed by the characters of The Crucible. Arrange the offenses according to your opinion of the most grievous being 1 to the least serious being 10.

Vengeance

Bearing false witness against another

Adultery

Greed for property

Blind conformity to mass thought

Cowardice

Abuse of power

Lying to protect another

Lying to protect one’s self

Manipulating others through fear


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Read each of the following proverbs; be prepared to discuss the meaning of each:

  • Despair gives courage to a coward.

  • Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.

  • There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.

  • May the man be damned and never grow fat who wears two faces under one hat.

  • Honesty is a fine jewel, but much out of fashion.

  • Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonorably is pardonable.



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