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  1.   emmammkayon 24 Jul 2012 at 6:01 am     Reply1

    1. How much time has elapsed between Acts One and Two?
    Eight days has passed between Act 1 and Act 2.

    2. What has happened in this time period? What role does Abigail play in the
proceedings?
Abigail has set up a court in Salem and is accusing women of witchcraft. Fourteen have been put in jail. Abigail is using this as a way to get at Elizabeth Proctor.

    3. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth.
Elizabeth and John are in an awkward stage of their relationship because they didn’t know how to mend the rift created by John’s affair. Elizabeth is obviously jealous and afraid that John will go back to Abigail.
    
4. Why does John hesitate in exposing Abigail as a fraud?
 John is afraid that Abigail has proved herself as too much of a saint that the town would not believe that Abigail had been involved in witchcraft.
5. Upon returning from town, Mary Warren is visibly upset. What, in the day’s events,
may have caused such distress in Mary?
 Mary Warren was in court and claims to have witnessed that Goody Osburn must hang because she made a pact with the devil. But Sarah Good will not be sentenced because she confessed.

    6. What does Mary give to Elizabeth? Why?
Mary gives Elizabeth a doll while saying that everyone must love each other, but I believe it to be a voodoo doll that will bring harm. 

    7. Why does the court decide to hang Goody Osburn but not Sarah Good?
    Sarah Good confessed to have signing a pact with the devil, but Goody Osburn denied it so the town decided to hang her.
    
8. On what evidence does the court convict Goody Osburn? 
Goody Osburn could not recite all ten of the Ten Commandments and so therefore she had been with the devil and must be hanged.

    9. Describe Mary’s reaction when Proctor forbids her to return to court. What news does
she share?
She shares that sixty year Goody Good is pregnant.
    
10. Who accused Elizabeth of witchcraft?
It is assumed that Abigail accused Elizabeth of witchcraft because she wants to have John to herself.

    11. What does Abigail stand to gain if Elizabeth is found guilty of witchcraft?
Abigail would have the chance to have John again because he will be single.

    12. Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctor household?
Hale comes to inquire about the accusations made about different women in Salem because some he finds ridiculous.

    13. What “softness” does Reverend Hale find in the church records regarding the
Proctors? What explanation does John give?
Hale finds that the Proctors rarely go to church because Goody Proctor has been sick. Also, John questioned by his not going to church by himself. Also he could recite all theten commandments for Reverend Hale which caused some suspiscion.

    14. When asked to recite the commandments, John remembers all but one. What is the
significance of the forgotten commandment?
He forgets audultery. He was an adulterous man towards his wife with Abigail.

    15. What are John and Elizabeth’s feelings on the existence of witches? How does
Reverend Hale react to this?
John and Elizabeth believe that there are no such thing as witches. Reverend Hale tells them that because they do not believe in witches, they are secrety bound to Satan.
    
16. Why do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctor house?
They come to tell John that they took Rebecca Nurse and Good Corey.
    
17. What charge has been brought against Rebecca Nurse?
Rebecca Nurse is charged with murder of Goody Putnam’s dead chilren.

    18. On what charge is Martha Corey arrested?
Martha was arrested because she sold a pig to Walcott that died too shortly after being moved to Walcott’s home.

    19. Who is Ezekiel Cheever? For what reason does he arrive at the Proctor household?
Ezekiel Cheever is the clerk of the court and comes to take Goody Proctor.

    20. Why is the presence of a poppet in the Proctor house an important piece of
“evidence”?
A poppet represents a voodoo doll that can be used to harm other people by pretending to hurt them and it actually happeneing.

    21. Who watched Mary sew the poppet? What does this reveal?
Susanna Walcott watched Mary sew the poppet. Thus revealing that maybe Walcott had actually been the one talking with the devil.

    22. Describe Reverend Hale’s reaction to the evening’s arrests.
Reverend Hale leaves in a humble way saying he will pray for God to open the eyes of the town. 

    23. Why doesn’t Mary willingly go to court and tell what she knows?
Mary knows that Abigail will hate her and kill her for telling the truth because she doesn’t want to be found out.
    
24. Does Mary know about the affair between Proctor and Abigail? How do we know?
On page 76 Mary says, “ …She’ll ruin you with it…”. She is referring to the affair between Proctor and Abigail because Mary is directly talking to John about court and Abigail.
    
25. How does Proctor plan to bring Elizabeth home? Does he think this will be easy?
He wants Mary to tell the truth about Abigail to clear his wife’s name. He thinks it will take alot of confessing and guts to be able to tell the congregation about what had happened.

  2.   slogger17on 24 Jul 2012 at 8:56 pm     Reply2

    1. How much time has elapsed between Acts One and Two?
    Eight days have gone by.
    2. What has happened in this time period? What role does Abigail play in the 
proceedings?

    A court has now been set in Salem with four judges. 14 people have been accused of witchcraft and are in jail.
    3. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth.

    Their relationship is rather awkward at the moment. They both dislike arguing very much, but sometimes it just happens. John and Elizabeth are both very tense considering what has happened recently with Abigail, but they are pushing through it because they don’t want to separate.
    
4. Why does John hesitate in exposing Abigail as a fraud?

    John hesitates because he thinks she has proved the village that she is a saint, and he also slept with her, which could look bad on his part if he accused her.
    
5. Upon returning from town, Mary Warren is visibly upset. What, in the day’s events,
 may have caused such distress in Mary?

    Goody Osburn will hang for not confessing to be a witch, and Sarah Good will not hang because she confessed.

    6. What does Mary give to Elizabeth? Why?

    Mary gives Elizabeth a doll as a gift to show love through all the hard times.
    7. Why does the court decide to hang Goody Osburn but not Sarah Good?
    Goody Osburn did not confess as Sarah Good did.
    
8. On what evidence does the court convict Goody Osburn?
    
She couldn’t recite the commandments.
    9. Describe Mary’s reaction when Proctor forbids her to return to court. What news does 
she share?

    She says that she must go because they do so much work there. She reveals Goody Good is pregnant, and that Elizabeth’s name was mentioned in the court.
    
10. Who accused Elizabeth of witchcraft?
    Abigail accused Elizabeth.
    11. What does Abigail stand to gain if Elizabeth is found guilty of witchcraft?

    She thinks she will gain John.
    12. Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctor household?

    He visits because he is visiting all of the people whose names have been mentioned in the court.
    13. What “softness” does Reverend Hale find in the church records regarding the 
Proctors? What explanation does John give?
    Hale finds that the Proctors have only gone to church 26 times in 17 months on the Sabbath day. John says that his wife was mostly sick, and the days that he did not go he spent time praying in his own house.
    14. When asked to recite the commandments, John remembers all but one. What is the
 significance of the forgotten commandment?
    He forgets the commandment about adultery, which is very awkward considering that is the commandment he broke with Abigail.
    15. What are John and Elizabeth’s feelings on the existence of witches? How does
 Reverend Hale react to this?
    
John and Elizabeth believe that there are no witches. He thinks they are secretly bound to the devil.
    
16. Why do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctor house?
They come to tell John that Martha and Rebecca have been arrested.
    
17. What charge has been brought against Rebecca Nurse?

    Rebecca Nurse is charged with murder of Goody Putnam’s babies.

    18. On what charge is Martha Corey arrested?

    Martha was charged by Walcott’s inability to keep a pig alive for more than four weeks. He claims she was angry with him about the first dead pig and bewitched him.
    19. Who is Ezekiel Cheever? For what reason does he arrive at the Proctor household?

    Ezekiel Cheever is a clerk of the court and comes to take Elizabeth.
    20. Why is the presence of a poppet in the Proctor house an important piece of
 “evidence”?

    These poppets are often used in witchcraft to harm other people, and Abigail claims Elizabeth has hurt her earlier in the evening.
    21. Who watched Mary sew the poppet? What does this reveal?

    Abigail sat by her as she sewed the poppet which shows she could have planned the whole thing.
    22. Describe Reverend Hale’s reaction to the evening’s arrests.
Reverend Hale is very calm about the whole thing, claiming that if she truly is innocent, the court will see her innocent.
    23. Why doesn’t Mary willingly go to court and tell what she knows?
She knows Abigail will kill her.
    
24. Does Mary know about the affair between Proctor and Abigail? How do we know?

    Yes, Mary tells John that Abigail will ruin him with it if he goes to the court and exposes her.
    
25. How does Proctor plan to bring Elizabeth home? Does he think this will be easy?
    
I believe he plans to tell the court about his affair with Abigail. He does not believe this to be easy because he knows what Abigail is capable of and how low she can be.

  3.   loiswazhereon 27 Jul 2012 at 12:48 am     Reply3

    Act Two
    1. How much time has elapsed between Acts One and Two?
    Eight days have happened between the two acts.
    2. What has happened in this time period? What role does Abigail play in the
proceedings?
    There have been four judges being brought from Boston. Abigail has accused many people of witchcraft a total of fourteen people!
    3. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth.
    John had an affair with Abigail then he realized that he really loved his wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is jealous by Abigail and is frustrated by her husband because of his deceitful and sinful actions.
    4. Why does John hesitate in exposing Abigail as a fraud?
    John did inappropriate actions with Abigail so he did not want her to reflect badly upon himself and Abigail is a faker fraud herself as a goodly saint who could do no harm or sins.
    5. Upon returning from town, Mary Warren is visibly upset. What, in the day’s events,may have caused such distress in Mary?
    Mary was upset because she saw thirty-nine women arrested and they were being threatened of getting death penalty charges
    6. What does Mary give to Elizabeth? Why?
    Mary gave Elizabeth a poppet because she said she had nothing better to do while sitting in court.
    7. Why does the court decide to hang Goody Osburn but not Sarah Good?
    Goody Osburn did not confess to witchcraft while Sarah Good said that she spoke with the devil.
    8. On what evidence does the court convict Goody Osburn?
    Goody Osburn was caught murmuring something and she claimed it to be the 10 commandments but when asked to recite them in court she could not remember a single one.
    9. Describe Mary’s reaction when Proctor forbids her to return to court. What news does she share?
    Mary says that Goody Good is pregnant and that the women Abigail accused of witchcraft are innocent and are hard workers. Mary believed that she convinced the court of Elizabeth’s innocence
    
10. 10. Who accused Elizabeth of witchcraft?
    Abigail accused Elizabeth and many others of committing witchcraft.
    11. What does Abigail stand to gain if Elizabeth is found guilty of witchcraft?
    Abigail believed that she would be able to win John Proctor back with Elizabeth dead and out of the way.
    12. Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctor household?
    Hale visited the Proctor household since Elizabeth was accused of witchcraft.
    13. What “softness” does Reverend Hale find in the church records regarding the Proctors? What explanation does John give?
    The proctors say that going to church is a major innocence and that they believe the minister is somewhat out of line with the condemnation he speaks of.
    14. When asked to recite the commandments, John remembers all but one. What is the significance of the forgotten commandment?
    The significance of the forgotten commandment is the fact that John recently broke the commandment of adultery by having an affair with Abigail.
    15. What are John and Elizabeth’s feelings on the existence of witches? How doesReverend Hale react to this?
    The Proctors do not believe in witches which angered Reverend Hale. Hale then informs them they are believing contrary to what God says.
    16. Why do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctor house?
    Corey and Nurse arrived at the Proctor house because their wives got sent to jail and they were inquisitive to find out if Elizabeth was also accused and sent to jail.
    17. What charge has been brought against Rebecca Nurse?
    Nurse was accused for the murder of Goody Putnam’s children.
    18. On what charge is Martha Corey arrested?
    Corey was arrested for putting a spell on a pig then selling it to Walcott.
    19. Who is Ezekiel Cheever? For what reason does he arrive at the Proctor household?
    Cheever is a clerk he goes to the Proctor household because he is instructed to arrest Elizabeth.
    20. Why is the presence of a poppet in the Proctor house an important piece of“evidence”?
    The poppet is an important piece of evidence because it had a needle hidden with in it. Recently Parris discovered a needle in Abigail’s stomach that was believed to have stabbed her through witchcraft. Abigail claimed Elizabeth’s spirit was lurking when she was stabbed.
    21. Who watched Mary sew the poppet? What does this reveal?
    Mary was watched by Walcott when she was sowing the poppet revealing that Abigail framed Elizabeth for the needle stabbing her. Abigail needed to set up Elizabeth as guilty so that she could have John all to herself.
    22. Describe Reverend Hale’s reaction to the evening’s arrests.
    Hales reaction to the arrests was creating alliances with Proctor agreeing on Elizabeth not partaking in witchcraft.
    23. Why doesn’t Mary willingly go to court and tell what she knows?
    Mary doesn’t willingly go to court because she does not want to become a suspect and be betrayed by the towns people as one who committed witchcraft.
    24. Does Mary know about the affair between Proctor and Abigail? How do we know?
    Mary knows about the affair because Proctor said that Abagial may use it against him and Elizabeth in court and destroy his reputation and give his wife death penalty.
    25. How does Proctor plan to bring Elizabeth home? Does he think this will be easy?
    Proctor planned to bring Elizabeth home through his sacrifice. John will speak out against Abigail in court admitting of the affair to everyone. He knows it will not be easy because Abigail puts on a facade of being a saint when deep inside she is a rotten sinner. John is willing to do this because he really loves his wife and could not bear life if something bad were to happen to her.



  4.   loiswazhereon 27 Jul 2012 at 12:49 am     Reply4

    Act Two
1. How much time has elapsed between Acts One and Two?
    Eight days have happened between the two acts.
    2. What has happened in this time period? What role does Abigail play in the
proceedings?
    There have been four judges being brought from Boston. Abigail has accused many people of witchcraft a total of fourteen people!
    3. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth.
    John had an affair with Abigail then he realized that he really loved his wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is jealous by Abigail and is frustrated by her husband because of his deceitful and sinful actions.
    4. Why does John hesitate in exposing Abigail as a fraud?
    John did inappropriate actions with Abigail so he did not want her to reflect badly upon himself and Abigail is a faker fraud herself as a goodly saint who could do no harm or sins.
    5. Upon returning from town, Mary Warren is visibly upset. What, in the day’s events,may have caused such distress in Mary?
    Mary was upset because she saw thirty-nine women arrested and they were being threatened of getting death penalty charges
    6. What does Mary give to Elizabeth? Why?
    Mary gave Elizabeth a poppet because she said she had nothing better to do while sitting in court.
    7. Why does the court decide to hang Goody Osburn but not Sarah Good?
    Goody Osburn did not confess to witchcraft while Sarah Good said that she spoke with the devil.
    8. On what evidence does the court convict Goody Osburn?
    Goody Osburn was caught murmuring something and she claimed it to be the 10 commandments but when asked to recite them in court she could not remember a single one.
    9. Describe Mary’s reaction when Proctor forbids her to return to court. What news does she share?
    Mary says that Goody Good is pregnant and that the women Abigail accused of witchcraft are innocent and are hard workers. Mary believed that she convinced the court of Elizabeth’s innocence
    
10. 10. Who accused Elizabeth of witchcraft?
    Abigail accused Elizabeth and many others of committing witchcraft.
    11. What does Abigail stand to gain if Elizabeth is found guilty of witchcraft?
    Abigail believed that she would be able to win John Proctor back with Elizabeth dead and out of the way.
    12. Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctor household?
    Hale visited the Proctor household since Elizabeth was accused of witchcraft.
    13. What “softness” does Reverend Hale find in the church records regarding the Proctors? What explanation does John give?
    The proctors say that going to church is a major innocence and that they believe the minister is somewhat out of line with the condemnation he speaks of.
    14. When asked to recite the commandments, John remembers all but one. What is the significance of the forgotten commandment?
    The significance of the forgotten commandment is the fact that John recently broke the commandment of adultery by having an affair with Abigail.
    15. What are John and Elizabeth’s feelings on the existence of witches? How doesReverend Hale react to this?
    The Proctors do not believe in witches which angered Reverend Hale. Hale then informs them they are believing contrary to what God says.
    16. Why do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctor house?
    Corey and Nurse arrived at the Proctor house because their wives got sent to jail and they were inquisitive to find out if Elizabeth was also accused and sent to jail.
    17. What charge has been brought against Rebecca Nurse?
    Nurse was accused for the murder of Goody Putnam’s children.
    18. On what charge is Martha Corey arrested?
    Corey was arrested for putting a spell on a pig then selling it to Walcott.
    19. Who is Ezekiel Cheever? For what reason does he arrive at the Proctor household?
    Cheever is a clerk he goes to the Proctor household because he is instructed to arrest Elizabeth.
    20. Why is the presence of a poppet in the Proctor house an important piece of“evidence”?
    The poppet is an important piece of evidence because it had a needle hidden with in it. Recently Parris discovered a needle in Abigail’s stomach that was believed to have stabbed her through witchcraft. Abigail claimed Elizabeth’s spirit was lurking when she was stabbed.
    21. Who watched Mary sew the poppet? What does this reveal?
    Mary was watched by Walcott when she was sowing the poppet revealing that Abigail framed Elizabeth for the needle stabbing her. Abigail needed to set up Elizabeth as guilty so that she could have John all to herself.
    22. Describe Reverend Hale’s reaction to the evening’s arrests.
    Hales reaction to the arrests was creating alliances with Proctor agreeing on Elizabeth not partaking in witchcraft.
    23. Why doesn’t Mary willingly go to court and tell what she knows?
    Mary doesn’t willingly go to court because she does not want to become a suspect and be betrayed by the towns people as one who committed witchcraft.
    24. Does Mary know about the affair between Proctor and Abigail? How do we know?
    Mary knows about the affair because Proctor said that Abagial may use it against him and Elizabeth in court and destroy his reputation and give his wife death penalty.
    25. How does Proctor plan to bring Elizabeth home? Does he think this will be easy?
    Proctor planned to bring Elizabeth home through his sacrifice. John will speak out against Abigail in court admitting of the affair to everyone. He knows it will not be easy because Abigail puts on a facade of being a saint when deep inside she is a rotten sinner. John is willing to do this because he really loves his wife and could not bear life if something bad were to happen to her.



  5.   noreensmileson 27 Jul 2012 at 12:53 am     Reply5

    1. How much time has elapsed between Acts One and Two?
    Eight days have passed.
    2. What has happened in this time period? What role does Abigail play in the proceedings?
    A handful of women in Salem have been put into jail and are awaiting for trial; Abigail and some other girls are accusing them of making pacts with the devil.
    3. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth.
    Right now, their relationship is strained and awkward. However, John really does want t please his wife.
    4. Why does John hesitate in exposing Abigail as a fraud?
    He knows that if he exposes her, she will tell everyone of their affair.
    5. Upon returning from town, Mary Warren is visibly upset. What, in the day’s events, may have caused such distress in Mary?
    Mat helped put a lot of women into jail; also her caretaker’s name was brought up.
    6. What does Mary give to Elizabeth? Why?
    Mary gives Elizabeth a doll. She says she made it for her when she had free time.
    7. Why does the court decide to hang Goody Osburn but not Sarah Good?
    Sarah Good admits to having made a pact with the devil.
    8. On what evidence does the court convict Goody Osburn?
    She couldn’t recite her Ten Commandments.
    9. Describe Mary’s reaction when Proctor forbids her to return to court. What news does she share?
    Mary is afraid, but pretends she holds authority over Proctor. She claims she “saved Goody Proctor’s life”.
    10. Who accused Elizabeth of witchcraft?
    Abigail accused her.
    11. What does Abigail stand to gain if Elizabeth is found guilty of witchcraft?
    She gets John Proctor all to herself.
    12. Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctor household?
    He wonders why Proctor and his family haven’t gone to church for a long time.
    13. What “softness” does Reverend Hale find in the church records regarding the Proctors? What explanation does John give?
    Hale says the Proctor family had not been to church for a long time, and their last son had not been baptized. John said Elizabeth had been sick; he dislikes Rev. Parris and refuses to let him touch his son.
    14. When asked to recite the commandments, John remembers all but one. What is the significance of the forgotten commandment?
    John actually broke the commandment “thou shalt not commit adultery”.
    15. What are John and Elizabeth’s feelings on the existence of witches? How does Reverend Hale react to this?
    John hesitantly admits to believing in witches, and Elizabeth says she does not believe in witches. Hale is shocked and horrified.
    16. Why do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctor house?
    Their wives have been accused and taken into jail.
    17. What charge has been brought against Rebecca Nurse?
    Putnam said she murdered her children.
    18. On what charge is Martha Corey arrested?
    She is charged for cursing a man.
    19. Who is Ezekiel Cheever? For what reason does he arrive at the Proctor household?
    Cheever is the court’s clerk, and has come to arrest Elizabeth on a warrent.
    20. Why is the presence of a poppet in the Proctor house an important piece of “evidence”?
    Cheever claims that the doll is a type of voo-doo doll.
    21. Who watched Mary sew the poppet? What does this reveal?
    Abigail was with Mary when the doll was being made. It proves that Abigail was trying to oust Elizabeth.
    22. Describe Reverend Hale’s reaction to the evening’s arrests.
    He is confused and is still trying to figure out why so many people are being arrested. He disagrees with the way things are heading.
    23. Why doesn’t Mary willingly go to court and tell what she knows?
    She is afraid of Abigail.
    24. Does Mary know about the affair between Proctor and Abigail? How do we know?
    Abigail probably told her; Mary says that if she went to court, Abigail would tell everyone about John and her affair.
    25. How does Proctor plan to bring Elizabeth home? Does he think this will be easy? Explain your inference.
    He plans to talk to Abigail and ask her to take back his wife’s accusation. It probably won’t be easy because of Abigail’s jealousy and obsessive behavior.

  6.   sarsampowon 27 Jul 2012 at 6:30 am     Reply6

    Act Two
    1. How much time has elapsed between Acts One and Two? 8 days have passed.
    2. What has happened in this time period? What role does Abigail play in the
    proceedings? Alot of women are being held in prison that were accused by Abigail and the other girls
    3. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth. Their relationship is rather fragile abut Proctor feels guilt because of the affair and wants to make it up to her.
    4. Why does John hesitate in exposing Abigail as a fraud? Their affair might be publicly exposed if he does.
    5. Upon returning from town, Mary Warren is visibly upset. What, in the day’s events,
    may have caused such distress in Mary? She witnessed over 30 women accused of witchcraft with the name of her caretaker involved
    6. What does Mary give to Elizabeth? Why? She gives her a doll because she had enough time when she was free
    7. Why does the court decide to hang Goody Osburn but not Sarah Good? Sarah Good admitted to have a secret pact with the devil while Goddy Osbourn did not.
    8. On what evidence does the court convict Goody Osburn?
    She could not recite the 10 commandments
    9. Describe Mary’s reaction when Proctor forbids her to return to court. What news does
    she share? Goody good is pregnant
    10. Who accused Elizabeth of witchcraft? Most likely Abigail due to Proctors affair with her.
    11. What does Abigail stand to gain if Elizabeth is found guilty of witchcraft? She could “have” Proctor back if she Elizabeth is found guilty.
    12. Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctor household? To find out the whole truth
    13. What “softness” does Reverend Hale find in the church records regarding the
    Proctors? What explanation does John give? That they dont get baptized enough and that Proctor dislikes the Reverend.
    14. When asked to recite the commandments, John remembers all but one. What is the
    significance of the forgotten commandment? Adultery because it pertains to the affair that John had with Abigail
    15. What are John and Elizabeth’s feelings on the existence of witches? How does
    Reverend Hale react to this? That witches dont exist and because of their reasoning Rev Hale believes they are demon worshipers
    16. Why do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctor house? Rebecca and Corey have been arrested at this point
    17. What charge has been brought against Rebecca Nurse? Murder of 7 dead children
    18. On what charge is Martha Corey arrested? Because of the pig she sold that died after it was sold.
    19. Who is Ezekiel Cheever? For what reason does he arrive at the Proctor household? Ezekiel is a clerk sent on trial to arrest Goody Proctor
    20. Why is the presence of a poppet in the Proctor house an important piece of
    “evidence”? Because it is evidence of witchcraft a voodoo
    21. Who watched Mary sew the poppet? What does this reveal? Walcott witnessed Mary sow the doll giving eye witness to possible witch craft
    22. Describe Reverend Hale’s reaction to the evening’s arrests. He prays over all the news of witchcraft
    23. Why doesn’t Mary willingly go to court and tell what she knows? She is afraid of Abigail who has used her manipulative ways to control her fears
    24. Does Mary know about the affair between Proctor and Abigail? How do we know? She does she makes reference to it during the trial/ in court
    25. How does Proctor plan to bring Elizabeth home? Does he think this will be easy?Explain your inference.
    He wants to Abigail to take back the accusations on goody Proctor. It will not be easy because Abigail so far has been after the Proctors like no tomorrow.

  7.   tylercarlsonon 28 Jul 2012 at 3:58 am     Reply7

    1. How much time has elapsed between Acts One and Two?
    A1. Eight days have gone by since Act 1.
    2. What has happened in this time period? What role does Abigail play in the proceedings?
    A2. Four judges have come from Boston to Salem and fourteen people have been put into prison under the accusation of witchcraft. Abigail has thoroughly convinced everyone that she is innocent of witchcraft to the point that she has control over the trials and who is accused.
    3. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth.
    A3. There is an uneasy feeling about each other hanging over them. They both love each other, but there is still a wedge in between them from the affair that John and Abigail had earlier.
    4. Why does John hesitate in exposing Abigail as a fraud?
    A4. John feels that accusing here would cast a bad light upon him because of the affair that they had earlier. He also does not believe that his words would be heeded by the people of Salem because they believe that Abigail is completely innocent.
    5. Upon returning from town, Mary Warren is visibly upset. What, in the day’s events, may have caused such distress in Mary?
    A5. Thirty-nine women were arrested and Goody Osborn was sentenced to hanging for not confessing to be a witch, while Sara Good confessed to witchcraft but was not going to be hung.
    6. What does Mary give to Elizabeth? Why?
    A6. She gave her a poppet with a needle in it, similar to a voodoo doll, so that she could cast spells on Abigail.
    7. Why does the court decide to hang Goody Osburn but not Sarah Good?
    A7. Goody Osborn was to be hung because she did not confess, while Sara Good confessed and was spared the hanging.
    8. On what evidence does the court convict Goody Osburn?
    A8. Goody Osborn was convicted because she could not recite any of the Ten Commandments, even though she said that she knew all of them.
    9. Describe Mary’s reaction when Proctor forbids her to return to court. What news does she share?
    A9. She says that there is much work that needs to be done at court and that Goody Good was pregnant.
    10. Who accused Elizabeth of witchcraft?
    A10. Abigail accused her of witchcraft.
    11. What does Abigail stand to gain if Elizabeth is found guilty of witchcraft?
    A11. With Elizabeth gone she would have a better chance at having John Proctor all to herself.
    12. Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctor household?
    A12. He is making rounds to all of the people accused of witchcraft in court.
    13. What “softness” does Reverend Hale find in the church records regarding the Proctors? What explanation does John give?
    A13. He found out that the Proctors have not been regularly attending church. John’s excuse is that his wife has been sick.
    14. When asked to recite the commandments, John remembers all but one. What is the significance of the forgotten commandment?
    A14. He forgets the commandment about adultery, which is ironic because everyone knows that he recently had an affair.
    15. What are John and Elizabeth’s feelings on the existence of witches? How does Reverend Hale react to this?
    A15. John and Elizabeth Proctor say that they do not believe that witches or their witchcraft exists. Hale concludes that the devil secretly has his grip on the both of them.
    16. Why do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctor house?
    A16. Both of their own wives had been sent to the pokey.
    17. What charge has been brought against Rebecca Nurse?
    A17. She is being accused of killing Goody Putnam’s children.
    18. On what charge is Martha Corey arrested?
    A18. Martha was arrested because a pig she sold died right after it reached the new owner’s home.
    19. Who is Ezekiel Cheever? For what reason does he arrive at the Proctor household?
    A19. Cheever is a court clerk who is told to arrest Elizabeth Proctor.
    20. Why is the presence of a poppet in the Proctor house an important piece of“evidence”?
    A20. The poppet became an important piece of evidence because of the needle in its belly. Abigail said that she felt that she was being hurt by Elizabeth, so they believed the doll to be a voodoo doll.
    21. Who watched Mary sew the poppet? What does this reveal?
    A21. Walcott was the one watching the doll being sewn. This witness helped reveal that Abigail framed Elizabeth in hopes of getting rid of her so that she could have John again.
    22. Describe Reverend Hale’s reaction to the evening’s arrests.
    A22. Hale hopes and prays that God will reveal who is using witchcraft and that justice would be served.
    23. Why doesn’t Mary willingly go to court and tell what she knows?
    A23. She doesn’t want to go to court to say what she knows because she is afraid of what Abigail might do to her.
    24. Does Mary know about the affair between Proctor and Abigail? How do we know?
    A24. Yes. Mary says that Abigail will use the affair to destroy the reputation of the Proctors.
    25. How does Proctor plan to bring Elizabeth home? Does he think this will be easy?Explain your inference.
    A25. He planned to tell the court about his affair with Abigail and use that information to keep his wife safe. He believes it will not be easy because Abigail has so firmly entrenched her own innocence. John truly loves his wife and is desperate to make the affair up to her.

  8.   gabriel7125on 02 Aug 2012 at 9:23 pm     Reply8

    1.How much time has elapsed between Acts One and Two?
    8 Days have elapsed from the beginning of Act one to the end of Act two.
    2. What has happened in this time period? What role does Abigail play in the
    proceedings?
    There is news of a reformed court in Salem. Supposedly Abigail is a “saint” now; it was Abigail who was sending girls to court and if they screamed and rebuked the Lords name they were sentenced to hang. 39 were currently in holding in the jail according to Mary Warren
    3. Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth.
    Elizabeth is very confused with John. After he tells her about the recent time he had spent with Abigail “alone” she becomes suspicious. They are still on good terms with each other but she knows of John’s affair with Abigail and Elizabeth refuses to let that happen again.
    4. Why does John hesitate in exposing Abigail as a fraud?
    John only hesitates because he does not want any type of black mail from Abigail to fall upon him or Elizabeth. He does not believe that pronouncing his affair at the current time would be proper.
    5. Upon returning from town, Mary Warren is visibly upset. What, in the day’s events, may have caused such distress in Mary?
    She was upset that another 25 women were in jail. She was also upset that Goody Osburn was sentenced to hang.
    6. What does Mary give to Elizabeth? Why?
    She gives Elizabeth a doll that she had made for her. She says it is a present from her, and that she sat hours in a chair to make it.
    7. Why does the court decide to hang Goody Osburn but not Sarah Good?
    Goody Osburn did not admit to committing witchcraft and contacting Lucifer. Sarah Good confessed to contacting Lucifer and committing witchcraft.
    8. On what evidence does the court convict Goody Osburn?
    She lied about knowing her ten commandments.
    9. Describe Mary’s reaction when Proctor forbids her to return to court. What news does she share?
    She was furious she told them that she will go back to see more and that she is an official so she must go back. She shares with them that Goody Good is pregnant.
    10. Who accused Elizabeth of witchcraft?
    Abigail accused Elizabeth of witchcraft.
    11. What does Abigail stand to gain if Elizabeth is found guilty of witchcraft?
    If Abigail is correct she will gain the whole trust of he court. But not only that, Elizabeth thinks that Abigail is only doing this to replace Elizabeth and marry Mr. Procter.
    12. Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctor household? He wanted to let the Proctors know that Elizabeth’s name was mentioned in the court that day.
    13. What “softness” does Reverend Hale find in the church records regarding the
    Proctors? What explanation does John give?
    He noticed that they had not attended church for the winter times. John said that it was because his wife was sick, making them unable to attend.
    14. When asked to recite the commandments, John remembers all but one. What is the significance of the forgotten commandment?
    He forgets adultery. This was ironic because he committed adultery with Abigail and that was the only commandment he had forgotten.
    15. What are John and Elizabeth’s feelings on the existence of witches? How does
    Reverend Hale react to this?
    Mr. Proctor says the Bible speaks of witches so he can not deny that they are real. Elizabeth says she does not believe in witches because darkness can not fall on something so upright as a woman. Elizabeth bewilders Mr. Hale and he reacts dauntingly.
    16. Why do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse arrive at the Proctor house?
    The two men came tell the Proctors that the court has taken both Rebecca in Martha question them.
    17. What charge has been brought against Rebecca Nurse?
    Rebecca Nurse has been charged for the “marvelous and supernatural murder of Goody Putnum’s babies”.
    18. On what charge is Martha Corey arrested?
    Mr. Wolcott a man in Salem, believed that she had bewitched him to never keep a pig for more than 4 weeks. He then charged her in the court for bewitching him.
    19. Who is Ezekiel Cheever? For what reason does he arrive at the Proctor household?
    Ezekiel is actually just a tailor in a store but he has come that night to take Elizabeth to be tried in court.
    20. Why is the presence of a poppet in the Proctor house an important piece of
    “evidence”?
    The poppet plays so many roles; if they had not found it there probably would have been no suspicion. The poppet is a vewdew that Elizabeth used to push a needle into Abigail stomach. The truth really is that Abigail saw Mary making the doll for Elizabeth; she then concocted a scheme to make officials think that Lizzy had used the vewdew doll to stab her.
    21. Who watched Mary sew the poppet? What does this reveal?
    Abby and Susana Wolcott saw Mary sewing the Puppet in court. This reveals that Abby still wants to get rid of Liz to replace her and have John to herself.
    22. Describe Reverend Hale’s reaction to the evening’s arrests.
    Hale wants justice to prevail just as much as Mr. Proctor does. He tells the men to council among each other for wisdom, because he can not provide any wisdom himself.
    23. Why doesn’t Mary willingly go to court and tell what she knows?
    Mary does not want to charge Abigail with murder because she is afraid that Abigail will kill her.
    24. Does Mary know about the affair between Proctor and Abigail? How do we know?
    Yes, Mary knows of the affair between Mr. Proctor and Abby. She says that Abby will charge lechery on Mr. Proctor if he tries to protest in court against her.
    25. How does Proctor plan to bring Elizabeth home? Does he think this will be easy? Explain your inference.
    John Proctor plans on going to the court with Mary and himself to tell them the things he and Mary know about Abigail. He will tell the court of his and Abby’s affair and will comply with anything for his wife’s safety. It will be difficult for John because Abby has already tainted the court to believe her lies. Proctor knows this will be difficult but he is too engulfed in his wife’s protection that he is oblivious to the difficulty of this obstacle.

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