Friday, November 11, 2011

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Dear Juniors,

What did we do today, Crampton?

1. We completed learning more about Arthur Miller, as "his" group was the last to share their information with us.
2. We then completed Journal #3 pertaining to a movie clip from Good Night, and Good Luck. If you missed class, then you will need to rent the film yourself or locate it on Net Flixs. The clip is slide #15 entitled "The Evil of It." I gave each student a handout detailing the questions for Journal #3 last class period.
3. I then proceeded to explain the "take-home" quiz. The instructions for the quiz are located below. Your quiz is due on FRIDAY!

Introductory Quiz for The Crucible/Puritan Schema

Instructions: Please select THREE of the following questions for your quiz. Please support your responses with information regarding our last class discussion concerning the Puritan culture. Please use MLA format for your responses (typed, 12 point print, Times New Roman font). Each response should following the eight sentence body paragraph model. Please do not use first or second person pronouns in your responses, but you may use passive verbs. You are welcome to use the Bible as a source and any handouts that you currently have in your notebook, but the Internet is not available for this assessment.

1. Examine the historical facts regarding the Salem witch trials and the Joseph McCarthy hearings. In what ways does Arthur Miller employ these facts in the service of his drama? Support your points with examples from our class discussions.

2. What social and religious factors concerning Puritan culture are to account for the harsh response to witchcraft? Support your points with examples from our class discussions.

3. The word “Puritan” actually means “unspoiled” and “clean.” Explain the verbal irony regarding this title. Support your points with examples discussed in class.

4. Discuss how the Puritan belief in Biblical text caused them to commit heinous acts against humanity. Support your points with examples from our class discussions.

5. Define some of the basic concepts regarding Puritan ideology. Support your points with examples discussed in class.

6. Discuss the following statement, “Theocracy suffered from a lack of flexibility.” Support your response with evidence from our class discussions.

7. Discuss the hypocrisy associated with Puritan culture and their strong belief in the Bible. Support your response with evidence from our class discussions.

Previous Student Example (Lucus Stewart, 2010): What does the belief in witchcraft indicate about the Puritan society regarding women? Support your response with evidence from our class discussions..

The Puritans represented a highly superstitious people. Their superstitions were fueled by ignorance, and the fact they misinterpreted Biblical text. For example, Exodus 22:18 states, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live,” was interpreted by Puritans. They believed this verse gave them permission to kill any one involved in witchcraft. However, the actual meaning relates to a “witch,” or a person not having the “Light of God;” consequently, they would suffer from this lack of knowledge. The belief in witchcraft indicated a convenient way to keep people, especially women, in "check". The Puritans believed in the original sin regarding Adam and Eve partaking of the fruit in the Garden of Eden. It states in Genesis 3:6, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Due to this belief, women were considered evil and caused men to sin; consequently, they were always accused of witchcraft. The Malleus Malleficarum, a book used by the Puritans to identify witches, indicated that women act as the greatest vice for men. This ridiculous idea led the Puritans to falsely accuse women of witchcraft, and therefore made the Puritan society one of male dominance and fear.

4. We then proceeded to identify the characters within Act 1!

1. QUIZ covering Puritan time period is due on Friday, November 18th! Please see explanation above.