Finding a perfect essay prompt for this popular play need not be a "crucible." Here it is! A multitude of topics are found on this handout which allow students to explore a character's motives, a particular theme, various conflicts, or integral vocabulary (irony, paradox, and allegory). Using notes, handouts, and The Crucible book as well as supplemental material, students will be able to write an essay that explains specific components of the book. This is the ideal companion piece for any study of this narrative.