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					English III-The Crucible                                                                                       Webquest
Meisner                                                                                    Salem Witch Trials/McCarthyism


                                                                     Tituba:
          The Crucible Webquest
Group 1: The Salem Witch Trials                                      Samuel Paris:

Wikipedia info on the witch trials
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_Witchcraft_Trials                 Rebecca Nurse:

1. When did the Salem Witch Trials take place?
                                                                     John Proctor:

2. How many people died?
                                                                     Elizabeth Proctor:
3. Was this the first time people had been tried as witches?
Explain some of the history.                                         Sir William Phips:



                                                               5. How did people avoid execution?



4. Identify the following (you may need to click on the blue   6. Why did the land suffer along with the people?
hyperlink)


      Sarah Goode:                                            7. When did the witch trials end?


      Sarah Osborne:



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English III-The Crucible                                                                                       Webquest
Meisner                                                                                    Salem Witch Trials/McCarthyism


Famous American Trials                                        3. Read and summarize “The Man of Iron,” a record of the fate
http:///www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/sal   of Giles Corey.
em.htm

Click on “Selected Images” and look at the pictures.

1. Under “Petitions of Accused Witches,” read and summarize
the petitions of:

      Mary Easty:
                                                              4. Explain why the hysteria finally ended.




      John Proctor:

                                                              The Cause of the Salem Witch Trials
                                                              www.hbci.com/~wenonah/history/ergot.htm

                                                              5. Summarize the author’s theory.

2. Summarize the procedures used in the Salem Trials.




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English III-The Crucible                                                                                    Webquest
Meisner                                                                                 Salem Witch Trials/McCarthyism


Group 2: Arthur Miller                                         11. What was the “Hollywood Ten”?
                                                               Arthur Miller on why he wrote The Crucible
Wikipedia info on Arthur Miller, author of The Crucible        http://www.writing .upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/miller-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Miller                     mccarthyism.html

1. Arthur Miller’s birth:                                      Read this article written by Miller in June 2000. Use this
                                                               space to summarize what is important, especially the
2. Arthur Miller’s death:                                      connection between the witch trials and what was
                                                               happening during Miller’s time.
3. What other well-known play did he write?

4. What famous person was he married to (for while!) and
what did she have to do to marry him?


5. What university did he attend? What degree did he receive
there?

6. Why did he not have to serve in World War II?

7. When did The Crucible open on Broadway?

8. Before what committee did he have to appear in 1956?


9. In May 1957, for what was he found guilty?


10. What happened in August 1958?




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English III-The Crucible                                                                                          Webquest
Meisner                                                                                       Salem Witch Trials/McCarthyism



Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Fact and Fiction (A Note on       9. The first girls to become afflicted:
the Historical Accuracy of the Play)
http://www.17thc.us/docs/fact-fiction.shtml
                                                                10. Wild dancing in the woods with Tituba:
Describe inaccuracies concerning the following:

1. Abigail’s age:                                               11. The Putnam’s daughter’s name:


2. The judges:                                                  12. The number of children the Putnams had:


3. John and Abigail’s affair:                                   13. To what event in the 1950’s is Arthur Miller comparing
                                                                the witch trials?

4. How witches were killed:


5. The theory that it was ergotism that caused the girls’ odd
behavior:


6. Tituba:
                                                                14. List some similarities between the two:

7. Abigail’s relationship to Rev. Parris:



8. The truth about John and Abigail’s affair:



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English III-The Crucible                                                                                 Webquest
Meisner                                                                              Salem Witch Trials/McCarthyism


Group 3: Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Red              Wikipedia info on Senator McCarthy
Scare of the 1950s                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_mccarthy

                                                          1. Summarize the following sections:
Communism and the Red Scare of the 50’s
http://www.curriculumunits.com/crucible/whunts/framesm
ccarthywitch_hunts.htm
                                                                Senator:
1. Who was Joseph McCarthy and what was he looking for?
Why?



                                                                Anti-Communism




2. Why were Americans afraid of Communists?


                                                                Fall of McCarthy:




3. Describe the “Pledge.”                                 2. What was the House of UnAmerican Activities Committee?




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English III-The Crucible                                                             Webquest
Meisner                                                          Salem Witch Trials/McCarthyism


Wikipedia background on McCarthyism        Origin of the term:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mccarthyism

1. Take notes on the following sections:

Intro:




Background:


                                           Critique:




Tensions of the times:




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