Your Assignment: Before we begin Arthur Miller's political drama The Crucible, we must investigate the time period in which the play is set. To do so, you will complete the web quest designed by the Discovery Channel entitled "The Salem Witch Trials: The World Behind the Mystery."
Directions:Click on each of the links and answer the questions below in complete paragraph form using specific examples from the text. You may type or write your answers.
Click on Life in 1692 Salem. Then answer the following: 1. Briefly describe life in Salem during 1692.
Click on The Story and watch the movie of the Salem witchtrials. Then answer the following: 2. Who were Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Tituba? 3. What happened to Betty Paris and the other girls of Salem village? 4. Who did the girls accuse of witchcraft? Why? 5. Why did Tituba confess? What did her confession lead to? 6. How many people were jailed as a result of the accusations? 7. How many people were hanged? What type of people were first accused? 8. How did the trials finally come to an end? 9. Was there ever a true resolution to the accusations? Why or why not?
Click on Religion and Witchcraft. Then answer the following: 10. What role did religion play in daily Puritan life? 11. What were their beliefs about witch craft? How did these beliefs influence the accusations made during the trials? Click on Economic and Social Divisions. Then answer the following: 12. What were the economic and social divisions in Puritan Salem? 13. How did these differences play a role in the accusations of the time?
Click on Puritan Children. Then answer the following: 14. What was life like for Puritan children? 15. How might their restricted lives have contributed to the accusations of the witch trials? Click on The People. Then click on the names provided:Cotton Mather, Ann Putnam, Tituba, Sara Good, John Proctor and Mary Easty. 16. Explain what role each person played in the Salem witchtrials.