1.At the beginning of this act, John Proctor says, "It is winter in here yet." Why is this pertinent to what is going on?
-This quote pertains to what is going on in the town of Salem because while nature is warm and inviting, everyone in Salem is cold and their feelings about what is taking place are unpleasant.
2.Why has Mary Warren disobeyed her employers and gone to Salem?
-Mary Warren has disobeyed her employers and gone to Salem because she is a court official and she feels that her place as an official of the court is much more important than her mere place as a servant girl.
3.What did Abigail Williams reveal to John Proctor? Elizabeth reminds him of this.
-During their conversation of court talk and the possible consequences of the ongoing witch trials Elizabeth urges John Proctor to go to Salem and report what Abigail has revealed to him. Sometime earlier in the story, Abigail tells John Proctor that their mischief in the woods had nothing to do witchcraft and that it was only something to do for fun.
4.Why hasn’t John told the court what he knows? What does Elizabeth attribute his not telling to?
-John hasn't told the court what he knows because there are no witnesses to justify him. As he knows that what Abigail told him could be very helpful, he doubts that anyone will believe him. Elizabeth attributes his actions because the subject is of Abigail and she believes that John Proctor still has strong feelings for the young girl.
5.What lie did John Proctor tell to Elizabeth which makes her more suspicious of him?
-John lies about there being more people in the room with him during his conversation with Abigail when in fact, he is alone with her for quite some time.
6.What news does Mary Warren reveal to John and Elizabeth about the trials?
-Mary Warren reveals to the Proctors that there are now thirty-nine women in custody for suspicion of witchcraft and that Goody Osburn is sentenced to be hanged while Sarah Good is not. She divulges with them that Sarah Good is demon possessed and that she herself confessed that she had given her soul to the devil.
7.How does Mary Warren behave towards her employers?
-She behaves as though she is better than them and that they no longer have control over her.
8.What does Mary Warren mean when she says, "I saved her life today!"?
-She is referring to how Elizabeth was mentioned in the court meeting. As she is mentioned, Mary Warren speaks up and justifies Elizabeth's innocence saying that she has never observed any strange behaviors in all the time that she has lived with the Proctors, therefore clearing Elizabeth's name.
9.What does Elizabeth realize when she finds out that she has been accused?
-She realizes that Abigail has brought all of this upon her. She knows that Abigail has feelings of hatred towards her and that she will to everything in her power to make sure that Elizabeth is dead.
10.What does Elizabeth ask John to do?
-She asks John to go to Abigail and speak with her to clear things up about their past relationship with one another.
11.Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctors?
-Reverend Hale visits the Proctors to make sure that they know of Elizabeth's name being mentioned in court. He also questions them about their rare appearance in church and why only two of his sons are baptized when he has three children.
12.How does John Proctor respond to questions about why he has not been to church?
-He tells Reverend Hale that during the winter, Elizabeth became ill and he was not able to attend church. He justifies his abscence by saying that even though he may not be able to attend the church house, he prays in his home. John Proctor also admits that he has strong feelings towards Reverend Parris
13.What does Reverend Hale ask Proctor to do?
-Reverend Hale asks Proctor to recite the Ten Commandments.
14.Discuss the meaning of "Adultery, John." (page 67)
-While John knows every other commandment, he forgets the one that affects him as a person the most, adultery. As Elizabeth reminds him of which one he is missing, you can feel a sense of awkwardness come between Elizabeth, John, and Reverend Hale.
15.What information does John Proctor reveal to Reverend Hale?
-He tells Reverend Hale about what Abigail discussed with him while they were alone in Betty's room. John Proctor tells him that though he has no witnesses, the girl's sicknesses are not being caused by witchcraft.
16.What does Reverend Hale want John to do with this information?
-Reverend Hale wants John to go to court with this information.
17.Why does Elizabeth say that she doesn’t believe in witches at this point?
-Elizabeth says that she doesn't believe in witches at this point because she thinks that if someone is following the instruction of God and if they are doing everything in God's name, that there is no way that the devil can enter into their lives.
18.What news does Giles Corey reveal to the Proctors and Reverend Hale?
-Giles rushes into the Proctor's house with the news that his wife and Rebecca Nurse have both been arrested and taken to jail.
19.What has Rebecca Nurse been accused of?
-Rebecca Nurse was accused for the supernatural murder of Goody Putnam's babies.
20.Why has Martha Corey been accused?
-Martha Corey was accused for bewitching Mr. Walcott's pigs so that they cannot live any longer than four weeks.
21.Why do Ezekiel Cheever and Marshal Herrick arrive at the Proctor home?
-Ezekiel Cheever and Marshal Herrick arrive at the Proctor home to arrest Elizabeth.
22.Explain why Cheever is both astonished and afraid when he finds the poppet with the needle in it?
-He is astonished, because Elizabeth had just testified that she had not owned a poppet since she was a little girl and he discovers one simply sitting on the Proctor's mantle. He is afraid because earlier in the evening, Abigail Williams is overcome with pain due to stabbing with a needle. Ezekiel Cheever and Marshal Herrick are sent out to find the poppet containing a needle and it just so happens to be in the Proctor's home.
23.What does John ask Mary Warren to do?
-John asks Mary Warren to explain how she made the poppet in court earlier that day, and how she herself also stuck the needle into the poppet and gave it to Elizabeth later that night.
24.Why is Mary so afraid to do as he asks?
-Mary is afraid because if she tells the truth about the doll, Abigail will know that she is a traitor and Mary will be killed.
25.Why does Mary Warren warn John about testifying against Abigail?
-Mary Warren warns John about testifying against Abigail because she knows that Abigail has the greater power at the moment and that everyone is taking sides with her. Mary Warren knows that John Proctor's testimony will never stand up in court.
26.What does John decide to do?
-John finally decides to testify in court for he cannot let his wife die because of his mistake.