"God Is Dead!"  - Proverb

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S - 13 Reproducible Student Worksheet

Student’s PageThe



Think Like a Puritan

Objectives: Identifying Puritan beliefs/customs

Using context clues to identify correct terminology


Understanding Puritanism will help you to understand how mass hysteria and the Salem witch trials

occurred. Read the following information about Puritan life. Fill in the blanks with appropriate terms

using context clues. Some answers are provided for you. They are crossed out below.

church carpentry enforce help prayer Puritan

different sleeping Garden opinions women services

girls chores obey gambling sickness fish

Scriptures theocracy will vote Devil sins

misfortune emotions men plainness drunkenness smart

frowned adults Sabbath hunt Bible sew

pray cook play adultery Salem clothing

winters wash twice hanged witchcraft


Pretend you live in America in the 1600’s. As a 17th century __________, your life centers around the

church, as it serves as the center of town and the place where news is received. Everyone must attend church

on the __________ because it is against the law not to attend. Men and __________ sit on opposite sides of

the church and endure long __________ on hard pews. In addition to church on Sundays, family prayer is

also important. It is recommended that your family hear the __________ read __________ daily. Every family

member should also __________ everyday, and parents teach the __________ to their children.

You believe just as much in the __________ as you do in God. All __________ must be punished no

matter how big or small, such as stealing food or __________ in church. When crops fail or someone is

sick, you do not help because you believe that it is God’s __________ and that __________ is punishment

for bad behavior.

Your government is a __________, meaning that the government centers around the church. It is

the government’s duty to enforce obedience to God. Only church members can __________ in elections.

Punishable offences include: theft, breaches of the Sabbath, blasphemy, murder, __________, __________,

__________, and participation in theatrical performances.



Historical context on  The Crucible:

Introduction to the Drama:



McCarthyism & Communism

Joseph McCarthy Congressional Hearings:

McCarthyism In America:




Character Map of The Crucible



Character List :

Reverend Parris Minister in Salem. He believes a faction plans to force him to leave Salem, so he attempts to strengthen his authority through the witch trial proceedings.

Betty Parris Parris' daughter. Her father discovers her dancing in the woods, and she later accuses individuals of practicing witchcraft.

Abigail Williams Parris' niece. She instigates the witch trials by falsely accusing others of witchcraft. She pretends to see spirits and instructs the other girls to pretend as well.

Tituba Parris' black slave. Parris discovers her casting spells and making potions with the girls in the woods.

Mrs. Ann Putnam Wife of Thomas Putnam. She believes that a witch is responsible for the deaths of her seven infant children. Her jealousy of Rebecca Nurse leads her to accuse Goody Nurse of being a witch.

Thomas Putnam A greedy landowner in Salem. He systematically accuses his neighbors of witchcraft so that he might purchase their lands after they hang.

Ruth Putnam The Putnams' daughter. She accuses individuals of practicing witchcraft. A witness claims to have heard Putnam say Ruth's accusations helped him obtain land.

Mary Warren Servant to the Proctors. She goes along with Abigail and the girls by falsely accusing others of witchcraft; however, she later admits that she was lying.

Mercy Lewis Servant to the Putnams and friend to Abigail. She participates in the witch trials by pretending to see spirits and falsely accusing individuals of witchcraft.

John Proctor Salem farmer and former lover of Abigail's. He openly denounces Parris and does not attend church.

Elizabeth Proctor Wife of John Proctor. She is a decent and honest woman, who dismissed Abigail because of her affair with John Proctor.

Reverend Hale Minister in Beverly. The people of Salem summon him to investigate Betty's condition and determine if witchcraft is responsible. He supports the witch trials, but later denounces them when he learns that Abigail is lying.

Rebecca Nurse Wife of Francis Nurse. She is one of the most respected individuals in Salem because of her kindness and charity. She argues against the witch trial investigations. Mrs. Putnam accuses her of witchcraft.

Francis Nurse Farmer and landowner in Salem. He is a respected member of the community often called upon to settle disagreements between individuals.

Susanna Walcott Friend to Abigail. She also takes part in the trials by falsely accusing others of witchcraft.

Giles Corey Elderly inhabitant of Salem. He challenges the court in an attempt to defend his wife who has been convicted of witchcraft. He is pressed to death as a result.

Sarah Good Beggar in Salem. She is the first individual accused of witchcraft.

Judge Hathorne A judge in the Salem court.

Deputy Governor Danforth A special judge serving in the Salem court during the witch trials. He signs the death sentences for those individuals who refuse to confess their crimes. He refuses to delay any execution for fear that he will appear weak and irresolute.

Ezekial Cheever Appointed by the court to assist in arresting accused individuals.

Marshal Herrick Appointed by the court to arrest the accused individuals.

Hopkins Jailer

Color Guide:

RED- Those involved & in favor of the court &  The witch trials


How To Save A Life:

Abigail's Song:

LIES - The Crucible:



McCarthyism & Communism

Joseph McCarthy Congressional Hearings:

McCarthyism In America:





ACT 1 

Introduction: (Film Clip)

Dance in the woods:

Betty is witched:

John threatens Abigail:


ACT 2  




ACT 3   




ACT 4   





Proctor & Abigail's Final Scene:




AUDIO OF The Crucible :