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Scarlet Letter Test
Where does the story take place?
A seventeenth century Boston colony
What were two early concerns of the colonists?
That the colony was in need of a Prison and a cemetery
What is "unsightly vegetation"?
The grass plot across from the prison with overgrown burdock, pigweed, and apple-peru on it.
What one flower contracts with the somberness of the scene?
What is described as "the black flower of civilized society"?
What is described as "a tale of human frailty and sorrow"?
the flower picked from the bush
What does the rose symbolize?
sweet moral blosom
What is the tone of this opening chapter?
When does the story take place?
In one or two words describe "The Puritan Character.
solomn and severe
What is the seventeenth-century meaning of "gossip"?
a familiar acquaintance- only for women
Who is Mistress Hibbins?
A widow from a former magistrate
Why is the minister distressed
according to one woman?, Because of a scandal that came upon his congregation
List five physical characteristics of Hester
Tall,Dark and abundant hair,A rich complexion,Had a marked brow,
Deep black eyes
Who is the stranger
Roger Chillingworth, Hester's husband
Why is he accompanied by an Indian?
he has been captured, the indians brought him there for selling
Why did Hester precede her husband in the New World?
her husband had to take care of some affairs at home
What is the scaffold?
the platform where Hester stands
Who is John Wilson?
the eldest clergy man of Boston
List 2 qualities of Dimmesdale's preaching manor.
straight to the heart, simple
What is hinted about the scarlet letter as Hester returns to prison?
Explain the title "The recognition"
Hester and her husband recognize each other after being apart for 2 years
How long must Hester stand on the scaffold?
Did the Massechusetts magistrates show mercy in the sentence?
Who is Master Brackett?
Who is Roger Chillingworth?
A false doctor, Hester's husband
What does he vow to do?
to find Hester's lover
Why does he assume another name?
so that people will not know that he is Hester's husband
What does he make Hester promise?
to keep his identity a secret
Why does Hester hesitate about taking the medicine?
she thinks that it might be poison
Who is the Black Man of the forest?
Where has he recently learned secrets of folk medicine?
from the Indians
What happened when Chillingworth touches the scarlet letter?
The letter burned Hester
Is Chillingworth a medical doctor?
the devil's messenger
Why is Pearl often called a precocious child?
she is very smart for her age
Show how Pearl causes her mother much anxiety.
Pearl is too interested in her mother's scarlet letter
Why does Hester go to the governor's mansion?
to bring him a pair of gloves that he had ordered
How is Pearl dressed when she goes to visit the Governors mansion?
Red tunic embroidered with gold thread
How does Pearl put to flight the taunting
she stomped her feet and ran toward the children causing them to flee
What magnifies the scarlet letter much to Pearl's devilish delight
the breast plate of armor
What "great lump of vegetables" is in the governor's garden that symbolize New England?
Who is the Rev. Mr. Blackstone?
the first settler of Massechusetts, set to have ridden a bull
Describe three features of the inside of the governor's home
large windows, stucco, oak furniture
Why does Hester remain in the colony?
she thought it was her rightful place to be. Pearl's father was there
Where do she and Pearl reside?
a small cottage on the outskirts of town
How does she earn a living?
she does embroidery work for the townspeople
What one dress is Hester never asked to make?
In one or two words describe Hester's relationship to society.
What often happens to Hester in church?
she was the topic of sermons
How do strangers react to the looks of the scarlet letter?
How does Hester react to the looks of strangers?
she sees it as a wound that will not heal, she is ashamed
What legend arises about the scarlet letter?
that it glowed at night and is more than just cloth
Why is Hester's needle work highly respected?
she has a great sense of style
Why does Hester name her daughter Pearl?
because she had come at a great price
Name two characteristics of Pearl.
Energetic and graceful
What three men are with the governor in the garden?
Rev. Wilson, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth
Why is there talk of taking Pearl from Hester
People are afriad that Pearl is not growing up the Christian way
How old is Pearl at this time of the Governer's Hall visit?
How has Dimmesdale changed physically since the early part of the story?
he is thin, troubled looking
How does Dimmesdale help Hester at the Governors Hall?
Says that the men should leave Pearl with her mother
What gestures of affection does Pearl make toward the minister?
she laid her cheek against his hand
How does Chillingworth propose the identity of Pearl's father be determined?
keep a close eye on Hester and Pearl
What does Mr. Wilson reply to Chillingworth's ides?
he insists that they must leave the mystery to God
Who tempts Hester as she leaves the mansion?
What is Hester's reply to Mistress Hibbins?
That she won't join her in the Forest day, she must take care of Pearl
Roger Chillingworth's appearance and actions lead many people to believe to associate him with what symbolic force?
has Roger Chillingworth's face changed?
he looks evil
What are two signs of Dimmesdale's failing health?
he is thin and very pale
Why do the two men occupy the same quarters?
people of the town suggested it
In what capacity does Chillingworth associate himself with Dimmesdale?
he is Dimmesdale's medical advisor
Where does Chillingworth gather the "black weeds"?
What does Chillingworth feel is the basis of Dimmesdale's illness?]
What does Pearl call Chillingworth?
the black man
What does Dimmesdale refuse to tell Chillingworth?
What does Pearl throw at Dimmesdale?
Why are we not told what Chillingworth sees on Dimmesdale's chest while he is sleeping?
to cause the build up of suspense
What is Chillingworth's plan of revenge?
to distroy Dimmesdale and make him suffer
Cite two ways in which Dimmesdale punishes himself.
fasting, whips himself
What is the minister unable to escape in his thoughts and sleepless nights?
On what subject does he usually preach?
What does he speculate about grass growing on his grave?
his gravesite will be too cursed that grass will not grow over it
Explain the significance of the chapter's title "the interior of the Heart"
the pain within Dimmesdale's heart is revealed
What is "somnambulism"?
Where does Dimmesdale walk on this chilly May night?
What does Dimmesdale do to expiate partially his guilt?
On whom would most of the people blame the strange outcry?
the witches or a nightmare
What two people come to windows at the governor's mansion?
the governor and Mistress Hibbins
Where is the Rev. Mr. Wilson coming from when he walks by the scaffold?
the death chamber of governor Winthrop
What does Dimmesdale suddenly fear about the dawn?
that people will come out of their houses and see him on the scaffold
What doe Dimmesdale ask of Hester and Pearl?
to stand there together with him
What are Hester and Pearl doing out this late at night?
Coming back from Gov. Winthop's deathbead
What does Pearl want Dimmesdale to do during the following noon?
to stand there at noon the next day for all the town to see
How is Chillingworth described as he stands near the scaffold?
he hides his face
What phenomenon lights up the sky?
Why does Pearl become angry with Dimmesdale?
because he didnt take her hand at noon on the scaffold like she wanted
Who takes Dimmesdale home?
What personal item of Dimmesdale's does the sexton find on the scaffold?
What portent does the sexton describe?
the devil brought the glove to the scaffold; claims Dimmesdale does not need the glove because he is so pure
According to the sexton of what is the meteor a sign of?
An A. For Angel
When is the last time the four principal characters are within the shadow of the scaffold?
When Chillingworth first came to town
Who does she come upon in the woods?
Where does she plan to meet him?
on the beach
How does she propose to save the minister?
Hester decides to meet with Chillingworth to discuss
Why has Hester become stronger in these seven years?
she has built strength from the A. She is independent
Explain the statement: "The scarlet letter has not done its office".
The scarlet letter has failed to do its job, people have begun to accept her
What is the legend about the Indian arrow and the scarlet letter?
The letter repelled an Indian's arrow
As a result of Hester's good works what has the scarlet letter A come to mean to many people?
How many years have passed since Pearl was born? (chp 13)
Why is Hester worried about the minister?
he seems distroyed
What has recently been discussed about Hester in the Council?
they may remove the A
What physical change in Chillingworth shocks Hester?
he looks pure Evil
Of what evil intent toward Dimmesdale does Hester accuse Chillingworth?
he is torturing him slowly
Why had Chillingworth keep Dimmesdale alive?
So he will suffer
Why does he pity Hester?
How does he describe himself?
because all the good things about her have been put to waste.
Kind and faithful
Why does Hester pity him?
because his hatred changed him into a demon
To what desire of Chillingworth's does Hester reply?
the desire to get even with Dimmesdale
Will Chillingworth abandon his revengeful control of the minister?
What does Chillingworth mean when he says
"Let the black flower blossom as it may"?
Let the sin alone. It is your fate.
What does Hester feel about Chillingworth as he departs from their encounter?
she hates him
Why is Chillingworth gathering herbs?
What symbol does Pearl make from seaweed?
What revealing gesture of the minister has Pearl connected with her mother's wearing the scarlet letter?
hand over his heart
What does Hester reply to Pearl's question as to why she wears the scarlet letter?
she wears it for the sake of the gold thread
Where is the minister in the habit of walking?
along the shore
How long does Hester wait before meeting him?
Who is the "Apostle Eliot"?
the first man to minister to the Indians
About what common superstition has Pearl learned?
the ledgend of the Black Man
Has Hester ever met the Black Man?
Why is Pearl's life like the current of the brook?
both the brook and Pearl are mysterious and lively
Whom does Pearl mistake for the Black Man?
New addition to Dimmesdale's growing frailty
he walks with a cain
Where does the minister hold his hand?
over his heart
How does Dimmesdale describe his state?
he is miserable and in despair
How does Dimmesdale feel about his ministerial duties?
has no faith, it is miserable
What does Hester say about Dimmesdale's atonement?
he has already repented his sins, the sins are behind him now
Who is described as the "One worse than even the polluted priest"?
What does Hester suggest Dimmesdale and she do?
How does Dimmesdale react to Hester's hope and energy?
he says that he is powerless
Why is Dimmesdale unable to find immediate relief in Hester's opinion?
Hester has forgiven herself, while Dimmesdale keeps his sin a secret instead.
What does Hester say about the past?
What's done is done
How does she demonstrate her rejection of the past?
She takes off the A
When the scarlet letter is removed what change occurs in Hester?
she feels free
What does the forest symbolize?
a safe seclusion away from everything
What does the sunshine symbolize?
relief, a new beginning
How does Pearl look upon the forest?
she acts elfish and free
Why does Pearl refuse to come to her mother?
she does not recognize her mother without the A
How does the author personify the trees and the brook?
the trees whisper, and the brook babbles
How does the reflection in the brook change Pearl's appearance?
it shows the perfect image of her and she seems spiritualized
What does the brook symbolize?
Pearl herself, and the boundary between two worlds
Why does Pearl reject Dimmesdale?
she does not know how to communicate with others very well, Jealousy
What does Dimmesdale think about on his return to the village?
how much he has changed
What opportunities are available for escape in the New World?
they could live with Indians or other surrounding settlements
Why does the couple choose fleeing to England?
England is more civilized and they can hide there
When will the next vessel sail again?
How is Hester acquainted with the captain of the vessel?
they did charity work together
Relate two unusual incidents that happen to the minister on the return.
he was rude to the deacon, and also rude to a young woman
In his confused state what does Dimmesdale think his dream of happiness may be?
making a deal with the devil
What is the Election Sermon?
The sermon he will give at the Election for a new governor
What does Dimmesdale do with the sermon he has already written?
he threw it in the fire
How long does he spend writing the new one?
How does Hester dress for the holiday?
her usual gray outfit
What thoughts pass through her mind?
sailing away, taking the A off for good
How does Pearl dress for the holiday?
Light, happy clothing
What does Pearl say about the minister?
that he is a strange and sad man that always has his hand over his heart
What does the ship captain tell Hester?
That Chillingworth has requested to join on the journey to England
What is her response to this news?
she appears calm
Name three elements of the Puritan society who march in the procession?
Musicians, military folk, civil leaders
What traits does the author assign to the Puritan leaders?
serious, strong, self reliant
What forces seems to motivate Dimmesdale?
How does Hester phrase her doubts as Dimmesdale passes?
she wonders if things were all a dream
What does Pearl almost do as Dimmesdale passes?
Run to give him a kiss
Why does Pearl hesitate when greeting Dimmesdale?
she does not recognize Dimmesdale
What does Mistress Hibbins disclose to Hester?
that she knows about their relationship
What message does the ship captain ask Pearl to give her mother?
that Chillingworth will bring Dimmesdale on the ship too and not to worry
Who is the "Prince of the Air"?
1How do the Indians interpret Hester's scarlet letter?
as being of major importance, high dignity
Which one of the matrons from the group who had discussed Hester at the beginning of the novel dies?
the young matron
What stigma do Hester and Dimmesdale share?
the scarlet letter
What is the crowd's reaction to Dimmesdale's sermon?
thought it was great
What is the subject of Dimmesdale's sermon?
the relationship between God and human communities
Where is the sermon delivered?
Who tries to help the frail minister?
Reverend John Wilson
Why is the governor anxious about Dimmesdale?
he looks terrible
Where does Dimmesdale ask Hester and Pearl to join him?
on the scaffold
Who tries to stop Dimmesdale's action?
What does Dimmesdale confess to the "people of New England"?
that he is the father of Pearl
What is Chillingworth's reaction to Dimmesdale's confession?
that Dimmesdale has escaped him. angered
What are Dimmesdale's last words to Chillingworth?
May God forgive you! You have sinned too!
Describe the reaction of the multitude,
they were awe struck
Why is Pearl's "errand as a messenger of anguish" fulfilled?
she finally kisses her father
What do some of the spectators see on Dimmesdale's breast?
What is the fate of Roger Chillingworth?
To whom does he leave his estate?
Why does Hester return to New England?
because she could not get away from her past
What probably will happen to Pearl?
she is wealthy, married, and expecting a kid
Where is Hester buried?
by King's Chapel
What object united the lovers in death?
Scarlet A on a tombstone