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The Crucible

The Crucible


by Arthur Miller

The Crucible Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. The Crucible has a hard-hitting moral of the story. What is it? Do you think this moral is still applicable in today’s world?
  2. What sort of modern-day witch-hunts are you aware of? How are they similar to the Salem witch-hunts? How are they different? Why do you think humans are so prone to go on witch-hunts?
  3. You already know that Miller had the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee in mind when he wrote about the witch trials. In which ways was McCarthyism similar to the witch trials of Salem and in which ways was it different?
  4. Can you imagine a witch trial (and witch-hunt) like this in today’s world? Why or why not? What has changed to make such an event impossible or what has remained the same to make it possible?

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