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The Crucible

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Act One Setting

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There is a narrow window at the left. Through its leaded panes the morning sunlight streams. A candle still burns near the bed, which is at the right. A chest, a chair, and a small table are the other furnishings. At the back, a door opens on the landing of the stairway to the ground floor. The room gives up an air of clean spareness. The roof rafters are exposed, and the wood colors are raw and unmellowed.

The play begins with this description of Reverend Parris' bedroom.

Given your knowledge of the entire first act, what does the passage most likely indicate?

A

The austerity of his bedroom reflects the personality of Reverend Parris.

B

The physical setting of this act is not as important as the dialogue and actions.

C

Reverend Parris is wealthy and the decor demonstrates this.

D

Miller's mention of the exposed roof rafters foreshadows the secrets that will be exposed in Act I.

E

Reverend Parris is not wealthy yet at this part in the play.