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  1. Key Scene The Crucible

  2. Key Scene - Act Three • Pages 84 to 105 • Danforth reading Mary Warren’s deposition - to the arrest of John Proctor

  3. Past Paper Questions ...a scene in which you felt totally involved... ...one character makes an accusation... ...conflict is at its most intense... ...determines the fate of a main character... ...a scene dominated by confusion, complication or uncertainty... ...a clear turning point in the drama. ...involving intense emotion...

  4. Key Scene What has happened to lead to this point? How does Proctor feel at the start of this scene? Comment on how Miller shows the entrance of the girls in stage directions. What accusation is made in this scene? What is Abigails's response to this accusation? How does Abigail undermine Danforth's authority?

  5. Questions 7) Why does Abigail start “looking about” saying there is a “cold wind”? 8) Look at the dialogue on pages 92-3. How has it changed from the beginning of the act? Show a stage direction which adds to the hysteria. 9) Why does Hale decide he will leave at the end of the act? 10) Look at Proctor's last speech in the act. Analyse.

  6. Characters This scene seals the fate of several characters. Say what their fate is and how it becomes inevitable from this moment on. Proctor Giles Corey Danforth Abigail

  7. Past Paper Question 2003, number 3. Choose a play in which there is a scene which provides a clear turning point in the drama. Explain why it is a turning point and go on to discuss the importance of the scene to your aprreciation of the play as a whole. In your answer you should refer closely to the text and to at least two of: structure, theme, dialogue, conflict or any other appropriate feature.

  8. Quotes Proctor: ‘How do you call Heaven! Whore! Whore!’ pg 97 Proctor (trembling, his life collapsing around about him): I have known her sir, I have known her. pg 97 I have made a bell of my honour! I have rung the doom of my good name! pg 98 Elizabeth: ‘No, sir’ pg 100