The Crucible : The Study Guide



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The Crucible : The Study Guide

This study guide will help you to analyze the passage as well as prepare for the AP test as it is modeled after the questions evident on the AP test. After writing each MC answer, you must provide backing with a specific reference and citation to The Crucible or from your research conducted with the McCarthyism project. You must after listing this backing explain how it supports/demonstrates the answer you’ve selected to be correct. The backing and explanation are half the points of the study guide. Without the explanations, you can at best earn a 50% (an F) on each study guide.


Study Guide 1 (pp. 1-25) DO NOT FORGET after the vocabulary question, you write the letter of the answer to the MC question and then follow it with backing in this text/an outside resource that supports the answers to the MC questions or you will only earn 50%.


  1. Find 5 words you don’t know and define them in your own words. Then, explain what the sentence means in which each word was found.



  1. Which of the following best describes the rhetorical function of the third sentence of the second paragraph on page six?

  1. It restates the thesis of the passage

  2. It presents a misconception that the author will correct.

  3. It provides a specific example for the preceding generalization.

  4. It makes a parallel so as to show the understated argument of the text.

  5. It expresses the casual relationship between witchcraft and religion.




  1. Which of the following phrases does the author use to illustrate the notion that Parris primarily worries about himself above all others?

  1. “Abigal, I cannot go before the congregation when I know you have not opened with me” (Miller 10).

  2. “But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now” (10).

  3. “There is a faction that is sworn to drive me from my pulpit. Do you understand that?” (10).

  4. “I cannot blink what I saw, Abigail, for my enemies will not blink it” (11).

  5. “feel the weight of truth upon you, for my ministry’s at stake, my ministry and perhaps your cousin’s life” (11).




  1. On pages 14-15, the author uses contrast when describing Thomas Putnam to demonstrate his paradoxical characteristics of

  1. lineage and piousness

  2. quarrelsome and rejected

  3. loyal and resentful

  4. vindictive and surprising

  5. superstitious and trustworthy




  1. In the description of John Proctor on pages 20-21, there is a subtle undertone of mystery about Proctor suggested through which of the following words?

  1. “powerful of body, even-tempered, and not easily led” (10).

  2. “the steady manner he displayed does not spring from an untroubled soul” (10).

  3. “it has helped to discipline us as well as to breed hypocrisy among us.” (10).

  4. “Proctored, respected and even feared in Salem” (10).

  5. “he had a sharp and biting way with hypocrites” (10).




  1. On pages 22-23, Abigail uses metaphoric language to describe her interactions with John to suggest

  1. John and she have similar attributes that unite them.

  2. John is wild and barbarically cruel.

  3. The girls were dancing in the forest.

  4. She has been waiting for him.

  5. John has ostracized himself from her because of his lack of feelings for her.

Study Guide 2 (pp. 25-45) DO NOT FORGET after the vocabulary question, you write the letter of the answer to the MC question and then follow it with backing in this text/an outside resource that supports the answers to the MC questions or you will only earn 50%.




  1. Find 5 words you don’t know and define them in your own words. Then, explain what the sentence means in which each word was found.



  1. In the first full paragraph of page 26, “fields and boundaries” refers to

  1. Thomas Putnam’s relation to Bayley

  2. The land war between Francis and Putnam

  3. The Topsfield Nurse faction

  4. Mrs. Putnam’s accusations regarding Rebecca

  5. Salem church boundaries




  1. On pages 28-31, which of the following words were used to demonstrate a parallel in Parris’s preaching style and the attendance issues in church?

  1. “Sixty-six pound” and “firewood” (29)

  2. “Why, that’s a drastic change!” (29)

  3. “hellfire and bloddy damnation” (28)

  4. “I want a mark of confidence” (30)

  5. “What, are we Quakers?” (30)




  1. In context, the expression “diametrically opposed absolutes” on page 33 in the second paragraph is best interpreted as having which of the following meanings?

  1. Good and evil oppositions whose firmness in their side shows similarity between the two

  2. God and Satin

  3. Opposite landholders who fight for power of each other

  4. Different interpretations of the forces of God

  5. Ideas and principles




  1. On pages 32-36, the analogy of the Devil and communism was used to suggest what point

  1. The leaders (like church and state) use the figures to push people away from ideas that are threatening to the leaders.

  2. The Devil and communism are both malevolent

  3. Both possessed people to do bad things

  4. Each side has spies.

  5. Sex, sin, and the Devil were early linked.




  1. On pages 40-41, Giles description of only recently learning his prayers alludes to elsewhere in what way?

  1. When he says his wife’s not touched the Devil.

  2. When he says his wife hides her books.

  3. When he talks about farming.

  4. When he says his wife walked out of the house after he discovered her reading in a corner.

  5. When he says that Mr. Parris is commenting deep, deep thoughts about different people in town.

Study Guide 3 (pp. 45-65) DO NOT FORGET after the vocabulary question, you write the letter of the answer to the MC question and then follow it with backing in this text/an outside resource that supports the answers to the MC questions or you will only earn 50%.




  1. Find 5 words you don’t know and define them in your own words. Then, explain what the sentence means in which each word was found.



  1. In the opening of this section, why does Miller make reference to the treatment of Tituba by Parris and Good Osburn’s relation to being the midwife for Mrs. Putnam’s deceased babies?

  1. To show how witchcraft has been widespread.

  2. To suggest that people’s own experiences of hurt leads them to accuse.

  3. To suggest that Parris and Osburn have been casting spells.

  4. To demonstrate how Tituba knows who is involved with witchcraft.

  5. To display the anxiety of the scene.



  1. The author’s stage directions for Abigail’s behaviors beginning on page 48 “Abigail rises” continuing to “enraptured” is best described as an example o f which of the following?

  1. The author’s defense of the girls’ actions.

  2. The author’s leading the audience to empathize with the girls.

  3. Linguistic paradox

  4. Colloquial language

  5. Mocking and suggestive tone




  1. When Proctor comments “It’s winter in here yet,” (51) the language is loaded and refers to both

  1. The cold temperatures contrasted with the warm food

  2. The death that surrounds them with the rabbit contrasted with the love of their marriage.

  3. John’s farm work and Elizabeth’s housework.

  4. The temperatures of the room and the tension in their relationship.

  5. Their conversation.




  1. On page 60, Elizabeth’s reference to “she” refers to which of the following?

  1. Sarah Good

  2. Mary Warren

  3. Abigail

  4. Rebecca Nurse

  5. Tituba




  1. On page 62, when Elizabeth says, “break it,” “it” refers to which of the following?

  1. The lie Abigail has presented about Elizabeth.

  2. The promise John made to Abigail.

  3. The continued relationship John shares with Abigail.

  4. The tension between John and Elizabeth.

  5. The bind John has with his visits to Abigail.



  1. Throughout this section, Arthur Miller’s tone in the passage is best presented through which character?

  1. Parris

  2. Mary Warren

  3. Hale

  4. Proctor

  5. Giles

Study Guide 4 (pp. 65-85) DO NOT FORGET after the vocabulary question, you write the letter of the answer to the MC question and then follow it with backing in this text/an outside resource that supports the answers to the MC questions or you will only earn 50%.




  1. Find 5 words you don’t know and define them in your own words. Then, explain what the sentence means in which each word was found.




  1. In this section, through Hale’s discourse, Hale can best be described as a person who

  1. is legitimately committed to finding the truth

  2. is power hungry and flaunting his authority

  3. has focused on revenge of Satan

  4. is coerced by the girls and actively framing people

  5. aspires to higher faculties in the church




  1. John’s “flailing” (67) for a commandment is ironic chiefly because it

  1. suggests that he is not as pure as he claims to be with Hale

  2. demonstrates that he should be attending church regularly

  3. is the commandment he broke and told Elizabeth he has amended for

  4. shows the theology is a fortress

  5. is the commandment that Puritans regarded as most sacred




  1. In the context, “fly against” (70) is best interpreted to mean

  1. go against in witchcraft

  2. disagree or doubt its doctrine

  3. pull people away from its creed

  4. throw the Bible away

  5. argue with Hale




  1. It can be inferred that Abigail’s idea of how to frame Elizabeth orginated from

  1. her knowledge of Mary Warren’s gift for Elizabeth

  2. her theatrics at the dinner table

  3. her passionate relationship with John

  4. her accusations of other citizens

  5. her knowledge of witchcraft




  1. The author mentions Mary Warren’s “weeping” and Hale’s “uncertainty” (78) as examples of which of the following?

  1. The chaos of the town

  2. Abigail’s plans

  3. Proctor’s fights with the power of the system

  4. Giles inquiries into the happenings of the scene

  5. The wrongfulness of Elizabeth’s being accused




  1. The reference to the setting as being both “the meeting house proper” and “the court” (83) shows the time period state of what?

  1. disruption of normal functions

  2. plans of expanding

  3. early settling conditions of less buildings

  4. theocracy in which the houses were one

  5. corruption of beliefs

Study Guide 5 (pp. 85-105) DO NOT FORGET after the vocabulary question, you write the letter of the answer to the MC question and then follow it with backing in this text/an outside resource that supports the answers to the MC questions or you will only earn 50%.


  1. Find 5 words you don’t know and define them in your own words. Then, explain what the sentence means in which each word was found.




  1. In the context, the words “upon my signature” (87) is best interpreted to mean

  1. his reputation and knowledge

  2. his work with Francis

  3. his inexorably penetrating gaze

  4. his responsibilities of his judicial privilege

  5. his private intricacies behind office doors




  1. The “testament” for Rebecca Nurse, Elizabeth, and Martha Corey (93) contributes to the unity of the town against the accusations in which of the following ways?

  1. As a contrast to the court’s clerical practices

  2. As a parallel to the girls’ accusations

  3. As an indication of the balancing of power

  4. As a paradoxical comment on the judge’s procedures

  5. As a condemnation of the false accusations




  1. From pages 93-105, according to those speaking on behalf of the accused, the indictments are false due to all of the following EXCEPT

  1. Mr. Putnam persuaded his daughter to accuse people.

  2. Abigail is trying to get Elizabeth’s place with John.

  3. The girls are lying.

  4. The girls are attempting to avoid their sin of dancing in the forest come forth.

  5. People are after others’ property




  1. Giles’s attitude towards Danforth’s father is best described as one of

  1. incessant criticism

  2. feigned camaraderie

  3. perturbed resentment

  4. respected fair-mindedness

  5. admonished adornment




  1. Danforth’s speech to the girls on page 102 serves the purpose of

  1. offering the girls an opportunity to atone for their false accusations

  2. emphasize the maximum of his power

  3. lead the girls to sympathize for those accused

  4. contrast himself to John Proctor

  5. demonstrate the cause and effect of the witch trials

Study Guide 6 (pp. 105-120) DO NOT FORGET after the vocabulary question, you write the letter of the answer to the MC question and then follow it with backing in this text/an outside resource that supports the answers to the MC questions or you will only earn 50%.


  1. Find 5 words you don’t know and define them in your own words. Then, explain what the sentence means in which each word was found.




  1. In the sentence, “I have been hurt” to “this is my reward” (108) the speaker employs all of the following EXCEPT

  1. Parallel syntax

  2. Analogy

  3. Understatement

  4. Concrete diction

  5. Alliteration




  1. Proctor’s use of a metaphor to suggest Abigail’s motives is best demonstrated by what lines?

  1. “you are a leacher” (110)

  2. “A man will not cast away his good name” (111)

  3. “She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s gave” (110)

  4. “I have rung the doom of my good name” (111)

  5. “There are them that cannot sing, and them that cannot weep” (111)


  1. In this section, which character shares in Proctor’s feelings of guilt for Elizabeth’s indictment?

  1. Abigail

  2. Cheever

  3. Hale

  4. Danforth

  5. Parris




  1. This section’s structure can best be characterized as

  1. A rebuttal then defeat

  2. Contrast then independence

  3. Abstract points followed by concrete diction

  4. Symbolic references concluding with concrete images

  5. Pedantic diction ending with empathetic syntax

Study Guide 7 (pp. 120-140) DO NOT FORGET after the vocabulary question, you write the letter of the answer to the MC question and then follow it with backing in this text/an outside resource that supports the answers to the MC questions or you will only earn 50%.




  1. Find 5 words you don’t know and define them in your own words. Then, explain what the sentence means in which each word was found.




  1. The principle irony employed by the author on pages 122-123 is

  1. Tituba and Sara Good have joined together in their desire to be with the devil.

  2. Tituba is still in jail after she named witches.

  3. Herrick, the marshal of the jail, is drinking alcohol with the prisoners accused of deviltry.

  4. The devil freezes in Massachusetts but is warm in Barbados.

  5. The law officers are not sure of Hale’s location.




  1. All of the following demonstrate irony in Parris’s actions EXCEPT

  1. He prays with those accused at the prison.

  2. He cries when telling of how Abigail has robbed him

  3. He worries about the townspeople.

  4. He tries to persuade Danforth to have leniency for Rebecca.

  5. He attempts to stall Danforth in his execution of John Proctor.



  1. On page 129, the court and reverends try to persuade Rebecca Nurse to join with them because of what rhetorical ability she has with the town?

  1. Appeals to authority

  2. Vast wealth of logos

  3. Her own ethos

  4. Anecdotal examples from first settlements

  5. Appeals to emotion




  1. The primary rhetorical function of what happens to Giles’s is to

  1. provide support for the theme of the text

  2. provide evidence to contrast with the other hero figures of the story

  3. present an argument about truth that will be changed with Proctor’s ending actions of this scene

  4. introduce generalizations about the victims of the Salem Witch Trials

  5. anticipate sympathy in the readers and refute it




  1. On page 140, John Proctor’s responses throughout the dialogue he has with Danforth can best be identified as

  1. Conceit

  2. Simple Sentences

  3. Periodic Sentences

  4. Compound Subjects

  5. Subordinate clauses

Study Guide 8 (pp. 141-152) DO NOT FORGET after the vocabulary question, you write the letter of the answer to the MC question and then follow it with backing in this text/an outside resource that supports the answers to the MC questions or you will only earn 50%.




  1. Find 5 words you don’t know and define them in your own words. Then, explain what the sentence means in which each word was found.




  1. In Proctor’s first sentence on page 141, his tone towards Rebecca Nurse can best be described as

  1. Satiric

  2. Critical

  3. Euphoric

  4. Hysterical

  5. Sincere




  1. In Parris’s statement on page 141, “it” refers to

  1. The paper

  2. John’s confession

  3. John’s sins

  4. Judging other people

  5. The money intended him




  1. In the stage directions on page 142, in the last sentence, which of the following words is parallel in function to “boundless anger”?

  1. “snatches”

  2. “wild terror”

  3. “rising in him”

  4. “it up”

  5. “and now”




  1. In the last stage directions of the play, “like bones” modifies

  1. “heightens”

  2. “frantic prayer”

  3. “the new sun”

  4. “the drums”

  5. “the morning air”




  1. Which line of “Echoes Down the Corridor” may suggest a subtle argument that Miller’s own era’s issues of “witch trials” will come to its own demise?

  1. “Parris was voted from office”

  2. “Some people were unable to admit their total guilt”

  3. “factionalism was still alive”

  4. “Certain farms which had belonged to the victims were left to ruin”

  5. “To all intents and purposes, the power of theocracy in Massachusetts was broken”

ANSWER KEY

Study Guide 1


  1. Answers will vary

  2. D

  3. E

  4. C

  5. B

  6. A

Study Guide 2

1. Answers will vary

2. B

3. C


4. A

5. A


6. D

Study Guide 3

1. Answers will vary

2. B


3. E

4. D


5. C

6. B


7. D

Study Guide 4

1. Answers will vary

2. A


3. C

4. B


5. A

6. E


7. D

Study Guide 5

1. Answers will vary

2. D


3. E

4. B


5. D

6. A
Study Guide 6

1. Answers will vary

2. C


3. C

4. B


5. A
Study Guide 7

1. Answers will vary

2. C

3. B


4. C

5. A


6. B
Study Guide 8

1. Answers will vary

2. E

3. B


4. B

5. D


6. E

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