Read Arthur Millerâ€™s The Crucible or watch the film adaptation and answer the following questions. Submit your answers on iLearn.
Study Questions: (Answer in a sentence or two).
- Who was Mr. Hale? What was his role in the proceeding?
- Where did Mr. Hale get his â€œexpertiseâ€ from?
- In the courtroom scenes who conducted, the examination of the witnesses?
- Who was Mr. Cheever? What was his role in the proceedings?
- For the accused, what was the easiest way to avoid execution?
- Eventually, Elizabeth Proctor was accused of witchcraft. How did she avoid trial?
- What happened to Giles Corey?
- In what ways were the witch trials different than a trial someone would get today? List at least five.
Questions for Thought: (Select one questions to answer in a paragraph or two).
- The play shows several reasons (other than witchcraft) that may have triggered panic about witches in 1692, such as: petty jealousy, political disputes, private disputes among neighbors, and land grabs. Historians and scholars have proposed other theories, such as: hostility toward women in traditional medicine, child sexual abuse, and trauma from conflicts precipitating the French and Indian War. What do you think was a primary cause of the Salem witch panic?
- What was happening in the United States in the 1950â€™s that inspired Arthur Miller to write the play? What social and political conditions do you think he was concerned about?
- What is the instructor thinking!?! Why would he give us a fictional play to start our legal study of Criminal Procedure? State several reasons you think this literature is relevant to introducing the subject.