The_Crucible_Act_I_Close_Reading_Questions.pdf

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10. Reread lines 70-79, and determine why the characters speak and behave as they do, particularly in light of the issues raised in the exposition. 11. The playwright makes choices as to how to develop his or her characters throughout the play. The choices are revealed though the characters’ dialogue and actions , as well as the stage directions . How do Parris and Abigail’s perceptions of the events in the forest in lines 101-145 differ? What does this reveal about their personalities? Cite specific examples in the text, referring both to what the characters say and to the stage directions. 12. Characters will develop and change over the course of the play. Reread lines 147-193. Is Parris’s behavior in this se ction in keeping with what you have already learned about his character? Cite a stage direction to support your answer. 13. In lines 168-197, we see a new side of Abigail. Reread lines 168-197. What new side of Abigail is revealed in her behavior and the stage directions in these lines? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text, and consider what you have already learned about Abigail. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ (pp. 468-471) 14. Another element of drama that a playwright establishes and develops throughout a play is mood. Mood is the feeling or atmosphere created by the playwright. Describe how the mood of the play changes when Mr. and Mrs. Putnam enter. Cite examples from the stage directions to support your answer (Lines 227-253). 15. One of the ways a playwright develops the drama of a play is by raising or lowering the stakes of the central characters. Stakes are what the characters stand to lose or gain. For example, up to this point in the play, we know that Parris’s job may be at stake if witchcraft is proven to be in his home. Assess what the characters have at stake at this point in the play. Think about how the stakes for Parris are raised in lines 260-266. 16. Dialo gue and stage directions often illustrate the power dynamics in characters’ relationships. What does Mr. Putnam threaten to do to Parris if Parris does not agree that witchcraft is at work in Betty and Ruth’s illnesses? Cite specific stage directions that offer a reason for Mr. Putnam’s behavior (Lines 267 -274). 17. In lines 351- 366, the reader learns more about Parris’s character. Reread lines 351 -266 and explain what you learn about Parris through indirect characterization. Cite evidence from the text to support your answers.
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18. Throughout the play, miller has been slowly raising the stakes for the main characters. How are the stakes raised in lines 410-415, and for whom are they raised? Cite evidence. 19. Aspects of a character are revealed by that character’s actions . What does Abigail’s behavior reveal in lines 425-470 about her character? 20. Lines 441- 470 reveal still more about Abigail’s character and her stake in the play’s action.
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