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              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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