Read Lynne Olson’s WITCH HUNT and write an essay answering the following questions.
1. What was commonly believed about witches in the 17th century?
2.Why was the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Salem Village in particular, susceptible to such an outbreak of witch hysteria as occurred in 1692?
3.How did the hysteria start?
4.What is “spectral evidence” and what role did it play in the trials?
5.How did the first 3 woman accused of witchcraft differ from those accused after them? What is the significance of this difference?
6.Why did the accusations stop?
7.Do you think something like this could happen in America today? Explain.
Witch Hunt by Lynne Olson.pdf