SAT Subject US History Practice Question 552: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 552

83. Which of the following works of the American the ater explicitly compares McCarthyism to the Puritan "witch hunts" of Salem, Massachusetts?

A. A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
B. The Crucibleby Arthur Miller
C. Strange Interludeby Eugene O'Neill
D. Angels in Americaby Tony Kushner
E. Assassins by Stephen Sondheim

Correct Answer: B


The Crucible is a historical play based on Miller's reading of the Salem witch trial transcripts. Miller drew a deliberate and explicit analogy between those times in U.S. history and the period of McCarthyism during which he was living; both were times when an accusation was enough to ruin a person's reputation and deprive him or her of a livelihood.

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