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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.
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
Why did Hester precede her husband in the New World?
her husband had to take care of some affairs at home
Explain the title "The recognition"
Hester and her husband recognize each other after being apart for 2 years
Show how Pearl causes her mother much anxiety.
Pearl is too interested in her mother's scarlet letter
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
Why does Hester remain in the colony?
she thought it was her rightful place to be. Pearl's father was there
How does Hester react to the looks of strangers?
she sees it as a wound that will not heal, she is ashamed
Why is there talk of taking Pearl from Hester
People are afriad that Pearl is not growing up the Christian way
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
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
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?
In what capacity does Chillingworth associate himself with Dimmesdale?
he is Dimmesdale's medical advisor
Why are we not told what Chillingworth sees on Dimmesdale's chest while he is sleeping?
to cause the build up of suspense
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
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 does Pearl want Dimmesdale to do during the following noon?
to stand there at noon the next day for all the town to see
Why does Pearl become angry with Dimmesdale?
because he didnt take her hand at noon on the scaffold like she wanted
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
When is the last time the four principal characters are within the shadow of the scaffold?
When Chillingworth first came to town
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
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
What does Chillingworth mean when he says
"Let the black flower blossom as it may"?
Let the sin alone. It is your fate.
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
Why is Pearl's life like the current of the brook?
both the brook and Pearl are mysterious and lively
What does Hester say about Dimmesdale's atonement?
he has already repented his sins, the sins are behind him now
Why is Dimmesdale unable to find immediate relief in Hester's opinion?
Hester has forgiven herself, while Dimmesdale keeps his sin a secret instead.
How does the reflection in the brook change Pearl's appearance?
it shows the perfect image of her and she seems spiritualized
Why does Pearl reject Dimmesdale?
she does not know how to communicate with others very well, Jealousy
What opportunities are available for escape in the New World?
they could live with Indians or other surrounding settlements
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 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
Name three elements of the Puritan society who march in the procession?
Musicians, military folk, civil leaders
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
Which one of the matrons from the group who had discussed Hester at the beginning of the novel dies?
the young matron
What is Chillingworth's reaction to Dimmesdale's confession?
that Dimmesdale has escaped him. angered
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