The Crucible


In your blog, write about a time in your life when you (or someone you know) were blamed for something that you did not do. Or, write about a time when you
(or someone you know) were “set-up” for something that people did not understand.
This could relate to something that happened at home, work or school. It could have happened years ago or yesterday. It could be serious or trivial. But, you have to write about it candidly and feel comfortable enough to share it with the class. Focus on what you were blamed for and what the consequences were. Also, explain whether you were set up or there was a misunderstanding. There is no word limit. But, there is a time limit. You have 20 minutes to write about this. Then we will share them.

Read the introduction to The Crucible here.

Listen to part of the play here.

Watch the interview with Miller and Day-Lewis here.

Important links here.

Access my blog here.

Make a blog here.

In your blog, write about a time in history when a group of people were blamed for a problem that society was having even though the problem was not their fault. Identify the group of people who was blamed, the reason they were blamed and what happened to them. List facts, not theories, and cite credible sources that prove your point. You answer needs to be between 300-500 words.

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April 9-13 (You must use a dialogue journal for all readings.)
MONDAY Read pages 1-12
TUESDAY Read pages 13-24
WEDNESDAY Read pages 25-36
THURSDAY Read pages 37-46
FRIDAY Read pages 47-57

April 30-May 4 (You must use a dialogue journal for all readings.)
MONDAY Read pages 58-68
TUESDAY Read pages 69-76
WEDNESDAY Study for test on Acts 1&2
THURSDAY Test on Acts 1&2
FRIDAY Read pages 77- 87

May 14-18 (You must use a dialogue journal for all readings.)
MONDAY Read pages 88-98
TUESDAY Read pages 99-111
WEDNESDAY Study for test on ACT 3
THURSDAY Read pages 112-134


Read Act One and then answer one topic in your blog. Remember to go to my blog at to see the rules and grading criteria.

Each student should write at least 100-200 words. Page numbers should be noted.

1. What types of things do the people of Salem not allow their children to do that we do today? Why?

2. What is the problem with Giles Corey’s thinking about his wife reading strange books?

3. Why does Abigail blame Tituba?

4. Why is Mrs. Putnam so hysterical?

5. Who does Tituba accuse and why?

6. What does Parris say that shows he has heard rumors about Abigail and Proctor? How does she respond? Why does he ask?

7. Why does Ann Putnam send Ruth to Tituba? And why is Parris shocked and upset by this?

8. Rebecca Nurse understands what is really going on in this village. Why? How? Why don’t Parris and Putnam listen to her?

9. Why doesn’t John Proctor go to church often? What kind of trouble does this cause for him?

10. How is the argument about firewood an important symbol of what is going on, what is to come and about the character of this little community?

11. Parris accuses Proctor of being the member of a “faction” in the church. What does he mean and why is this important? Why would it be prudent that Proctor not joke about this accusation as a response?

12. Hale says that his books are “weighted with authority.” What does this mean and why is it important to this story?

13. Rev. Hale knows Rebecca Nurse by reputation. He lives in Beverly, which though by our standards is close by, would have been quite a trip back then. What has he heard about her? Why is this important to the story?

14. Why does Tituba give that long speech about how the devil told her to kill Parris? What motivates her?


Read Act Two and then answer one topic in your blog. Remember to go to my blog at to see the rules and grading criteria.

Each student should write at least 100-200 words. Page numbers should be noted.

1. As Act II opens, what is apparent about the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor?
2. What is the cause of the tension in the Proctor house?
3. What does Elizabeth mean when she says: "I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you."
4. Describe the way Mary Warren has changed between Act I and Act II?
5. How do the witch trials change the girls in the village?
6. Who has accused Elizabeth Proctor? And why?
7. Why does Elizabeth Proctor want her husband to go to the court?
8. Why does John resist going to the court?
9. What does Elizabeth mean when she says: "There is a promise made in any bed."?
10. Why does John Hale come to the Proctor house?
11.Who wrote The Crucible and why?
12.What is HUAC, and what does it have to do with The Crucible?
13. Explain how food poisoning might have lead to the Salem witch hysteria.

Test on Acts One & Two here.



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Now that you have read the play and watched the movie, it is time to study the differences between the movie, the play and the historical record. Let's start with Margo Burns's site. She is a historian and editor dealing with the events surrounding the Salem witch trials. Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Fact & Fiction
Download it if you wish.

Here is your blog assignment: You must go into computers and go to Read it--all of it. Think on it, and then choose one fact from the list to write about in your blog. Explain (in that writing) why Miller changed the way history has been recorded in his play. 100-200 words. Visit my blog for grading criteria.


Blog Topics
Choose one quotation from Act Three and do these things within the context of your blog: 1) Tell who said it. 2) Explain why that person said it. 3) Explain why it is an important quotation. 4) Explain what it means. Do not answer in the form of a list. Answer in prose.
Your answer must be at least 200 words long but no more than 400. I will take 1 point off for every capitalization, punctuation or spelling error I find. Your grade also depends on how complete your answer is.

Write the answer in your blog.

Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside? . . . .This is the highest court of the supreme government of this province, do you know it?

You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God’s grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.

A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is . . . She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance.

A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud—God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together!

The pure of heart need no lawyers.

You know well why not! He’ll lay in jail if I give his name!

I have this morning signed away the soul of Rebecca Nurse, Your Honor. I’ll not conceal it, my hand shakes yet as with a wound! I pray you sir, this argument let lawyers present to you.

I—I cannot tell how, but I did. I—I heard the other girls screaming, and you, Your Honor, you seemed to believe them, and I –It were only sport in the beginning, sir, but then the whole world cried spirits, spirits, and I—I promise you, Mr. Danforth, I only thought I saw them but I did not.

Your Honor, I—in that time were sick. And I –my husband is a good and righteous man. He is never drunk as some are, nor wastin’ his time at the shovelboard, but always at his work. But in my sickness—you see, Sir, I were a long time sick after my last baby, and I thought I saw my husband turning from me. And this girl--.

You are pulling down Heaven and raising up a whore!

Reproach me not with the fear in the country ; there is fear in the country because there is a moving plot to topple Christ in the country!


Read Act Four and answer the following questions in one 1-2 complete sentences:
1. Why does Reverend Hale try to get the prisoners to confess?
2. Why are Danforth and Hathorne so intent on getting John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse to confess?
3.What does Reverend Parris say has happened to his niece, Abigail?
4. What happened to Giles Corey?
5.Why does John Proctor decide to rip his warrant to pieces?
6. What does Parris say he found lodged in his door?
7. What does Elizabeth think about John's decision?
8. What does Elizabeth tell John that in their marriage she has been guilty of?
9. Why are Tituba, Sarah Good, and Herrick making no sense in the opening of act 4?
10. Why does Proctor say, "I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud. I am not that man. My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man."

You can use your books.

see crucible links for more info

DESE Frameworks addressed:

Learning objectives from the curriculum frameworks are as follows:
Discussion 1.5
Questioning Listening and Contributing 2.5, 2.6
Oral Presentation 3.14, 3.15, 3.17
Vocabulary and Concept Development 4.23, 4.24, 4.25
Structure and History of the English language 5.29
Formal and Informal English 6.9
Understanding Text 8.11, 8.16, 8.17, 8.22, 8.23, 8.25, 8.33
Making Connections 9.6, 9.7
Genre 10.5, 10.6
Theme 11.5, 11.7
Fiction 12.5
Nonfiction 13.25. 13.26
Style and Language 15.4. 15.5, 15.6
Myth and Traditional Narrative 16.12
Dramatic Literature 17.8, 17.9
Dramatic Reading and Performance 18.5
Writing 19.24, 19.26 19.30
Considering Audience and Purpose
Revising and Editing 21.9
Standard English Conventions 22.10
Organizing Ideas for Writing 23.14
Research 24.6
Evaluating Writing and Presentations 25.6
Analysis of Media 26.6
Media Production 27.8