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The Crucible act one

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English Questions; "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller 19 April 2008 1. In what state of mind is Parris in when we first meet him? When we first meet Parris he is in a state of fear and is upset with the situation that has arisen. 2. What condition is Betty in? Betty's condition is unstable, she won't wake up from the sleep she is in. 3. What has brought about Betty's condition? No one know what brought on Betty's condition. The doctor could not find any record of the like in his medical books and Susanna suggests that it is probably beyond natural, hinting towards witchcraft, though Parris will have none of it. 4. Why is Parris so concerned that the villagers should not know what Abigail and Betty have done? Parris is so concerned that the villagers should know not of what Abigail and Betty did because they would be quick to point the finger and accuse them of being witches which could then lead to a variety of consequences. ...read more.

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Mrs Putnam was involved in the events in the forest because their daughter Ruth is also sick, and they assume witchcraft to be the cause. 9. What do we learn after the adults leave the room about what the girls were doing the previous evening? When the adults leave the room, Abigail, Mercy Lewis and Mary Warren wake Betty. Betty wakes up and accuses Abigail of drinking blood to kill John Proctor's Wife. 10. How does Abigail threaten the other girls to make them keep silent. Abigail keeps the other girls quiet by threatening to hurt them. 11. What do we gather about the previous relationship between Abigail and Proctor? We gather that Abigail has previously had an affair with Proctor, but he is in no means interested in her now. 12. How does Rebecca Nurse explain the children's strange behaviour? ...read more.

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He hopes to get them to confess and save their lives. 17. What more do we learn about events in the forest from Hale's questioning of Abigail? Abigail blames Tituba for the whole situation. She said she forced the girls to go into the forest and forced them to drink a char. 18. What does Tituba add to this story? Tituba adds that she has seen many witches with the devil, to save herself. And then even Abigail switches her view and then they both confess they conspired with the devil. 19. What does Hale want Tituba to confess? How does he achieve this? He wants her to admit she has something to do with the devil, which she does eventually admit. 20. What do the girls do in the last few minutes of Act One? The girls accuse a lot of people of being witches, and start to become hysterical each one yelling out names of people they know of. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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