Act II
1. What does the reader learn about the Proctor’s marriage through the discrepancy between what
John Proctor does (seasoning the meal) before he sees his wife and when he talks to her?
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2. In what ways is Miller’s use of dialogue effective in the first two pages of this scene to show the
rift between the couple?
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3. When Proctor kisses his wife, what does her reaction show about her feelings?
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4. Who is the head of the general Court?
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5. When Mary Warren reveals that Elizabeth Proctor has been accused in court, who does Elizabeth
believe accused her of witchcraft and why?
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6. In what ways does Hale question John Proctor’s religious strength?
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7. Explain how Hale tests Proctor’s belief in God, as well as the irony in how Proctor fails Hale’s
test.
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8. On what false evidence are Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse jailed? On what “evidence” is
Goody Proctor accused?
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9. How have Hale’s opinions of the accused changed by the end of Act II?
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