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The Crucible Anticipation Guide

List the top five sinners in the history of mankind. Explain briefly why you’ve chosen each.






By your definition, explain the nature of evil. In other words, define the motives behind one’s actions which constitute evil to you.

List five things for which people have been willing to die.






Is there any principle beyond love for family for which you would give your life? If so, what? Why?

The following list contains the personal offenses committed by the characters of The Crucible. Arrange the offenses according to your opinion of the most grievous being 1 to the least serious being 10.

Vengeance, Adultery, Blind conformity to mass thought, Abuse of power, Lying to protect one’s self, Bearing false witness against another, Greed for property, Cowardice, Lying to protect another, Manipulating others through fear

1. 6.

2. 7.

3. 8.

4. 9.

5. 10.

Read each of the following sentences. Respond if you agree or disagree with the statement. Use complete sentences—response must be two sentences long.

  1. Despair gives courage to a coward.

  1. Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.

  1. There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.

  1. A man is a lion for his own cause.

  1. May the man be damned and never grow fat who wears two faces under one hat.

  1. There is more self-love than love in jealousy.

  1. Honesty is a fine jewel, but much out of fashion.

  1. Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonorably is pardonable.

  1. The truth and right always prevail.

  1. It is possible for human beings who appear to be agreeable and normal to be knowingly and fully committed to evil.

  1. Those who condone evil by not protesting it are as guilty as those who commit it.

  1. Life is worth holding on to at all cost.

  1. Common sense and rational thought are the only matches for fanaticism.

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