Name______________________________________________ Reasons for the Outbreak of Witchcraft Hysteria in Salem Which of the following is most responsible for causing the hysteria around the Salem witch hunt? Rank each from 1 to 6. One being the most responsible, 6 being the least responsible. _________ Symptoms. The girls’ symptoms could only be caused by witchcraft. _________ Setting. The dancing took place in the woods. _________ Smallpox. The smallpox epidemic signaled the devil was present. _________ Ergotism. A disease caused by eating rye infected with the ergot fungus. Among other things, it can produce hallucinations, causing strange behavior. _________ Teenage boredom. No television, no CDs, and lots of Bible reading. Fun is not allowed. _________ Feuds. Disputes within the congregation and property disputes between the accusers and the accused. Using your rankings, write a response that explains your position. Use examples from the play, what you know about the Puritans, and your own opinion to back up your reasoning.
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