Questions about the McCarthy Era
Instructions: After watching the video, answer as many of the questions as possible. After your first attempt, go to the following Web sites for more information.
1. Who is Joseph McCarthy?
- BBC News' On This Day - Witness - Audiofile
- National Geographic Interactive about the Salem Witch Trial
- Secrets of the Dead - Crime Scene Investigations Meet History
- Why I Wrote The Crucible: An Artist's Answer to Politics by Arthur Miller
2. Who are the Hollywood Ten?
3. What are the parallels between the McCarthy Era and the Salem Witch Trials?
4. What are Arthur Miller's feelings about the political implications of the play?
5. What is Communism? Why was it so terrible to be associated with Communists?
6. What is the House Un-American Activities Committee? What was its role in the course of events of the McCarthy Era?