Told from Abigail's point of view and based on actual events in the author's own family histoy, The Sacrifice offers a unique perspective of the Salem witch trials by delving into the devestating effects the trials had not just in Salem but throughout Massachusetts.
- Margaret K. McElderry Books |
- 224 pages |
- ISBN 9780689876516 |
- August 2007 |
- Grades 5 - 9
Reading Group Guide
By Kathleen Benner Duble
ABOUT THE BOOK
In 1692, life changes forever for ten-year-old Abigail and her family. Abigail and her sister are accused of being witches when fear and panic spread from Salem to their hometown of Andover, Massachusetts. They await trial in a prison while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.
Mothers and daughters; Sisters; Witchcraft; Puritans; Family life
• What beliefs of Puritan life in 1692 do you think we still hold on to today?
• Can you think of another situation either now or in the past (such as the McCarthy era), where fear has overcome reason? What were the consequences of this?
• If you had lived during that time, what entertainment might you have substituted or how might you have expressed yourself artistically to make up for the lack of theater, museums, TV, computers, movies, etc.?
• Abigail's world was one where conformity to the group was important-and yet she wanted to be an individual. Do you think this is still true today? Why or why not?
• What situations (such as riots after a sporting event) in today's world reflect a lack of reason and a "mob mentality"? What would you do if you were faced with this situation?
• Create a dramatic reenactment of the Salem witch trials.
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