The_Crucible_Act_I_Close_Reading_Questions.pdf

Tell you learn in these lines about abigail and her

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Tell you learn in these lines about Abigail and her stake in the action. (Pp. 469-471) 21. The expositional sections Miller inserts in this act provide facts and background about the characters. What do you learn about Proctor’s character in the exposition (pp. 468-469)? Cite textual evidence. 22. Indirect characterization requires that you infer from the characters’ behavior what the characters are really feeling. To infer the nature of Proctor and Abigail’s relationship from their behavior as described in the stage directions in lines 498-547. Give specific examples from the text for support. 23. A playwright uses both dialogue and actions to flesh out a character. You should look at both of these elements of drama to uncover the real reasons for a character’s behavior. Reread lines 571- 590. Explain what may be motivating Abigail’s behavior in this secti on. Cite specific examples in the text to support your explanations. 24. The plot of the play is the series of events that make up the story. One element of drama that is part of plot is conflict. Conflict is the struggle between opposing forces (often charac ters) in the story. The conflict (or conflicts) of a play drive the play’s action by creating tension. Determine the nature of the conflict between Abigail and Proctor in this section (Lines 577-587). Cite textual evidence. 25. Stage directions help establish mood. A stage direction can also trigger a change of mood. How does the mood of the scene change once the psalm is heard? Specifically, how is the change of mood reflected in Abigail’s dialogue? (Lines 599 -611) 26. Keep track of the development of minor characters like the Putnams and Betty Parris. Minor characters are often included to provide commentary on major events. How are Mr. and Mrs. Putnam’s reaction to the psalm (and Betty’s reaction to it) consistent with their characters? Cite textual evidence. (Lines 634-654) (Pp. 472-475) 27. As you know, Miller’s sections of exposition offer insight into the motivations behind characters’ behaviors. Read the exposition (p. 472). What is the reason for the complaints against Rebecca Nurse? Cite evidence.
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28. Look at the characters’ dialogue for insight into their nature. Reread Rebecca’s dialogue in lines 679-690. Tell what her dialogue reveals about her character. Cite textual evidence. 29. A playwright will develop and deepen the conflicts between his or her characters as a play goes on. Describe the nature of the conflict between Proctor and Putnam in this section (Lines 711-766). 30. Using dialogue is one of the ways that playwrights develop characters. Read the dialogue in lines 723-743. In what way is Rebecca Nurse religious? How does her faith in God differ from that of Mrs. Putnam? Cite evidence. 31. Facets of character can be revealed though both direct and indirect characterization. Do you learn more about Parris in this section (Lines 781-844) through direct or indirect characterization? Explain your answer and provide support.
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