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The Scarlet Letter Chapters 20-24 Test
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As Dimmesdale is leaving the forest to go back to the town, what does he wonder?
He wonders if it had been all been a dream (he looks over his shoulders and sees if Hester and Pearl are still there)
As Dimmesdale goes over the escape plan, where have they determined they will be escaping to?
They will escape to Europe (Old World) rather than the New World since Dimmesdale isn't strong enough to live among the Natives and make their own new world
What has Hester secured for herself, Pearl, and Dimmesdale? How did she secure this?
A passage on a ship bound for Bristol, England; through all of Hester's good works, she has made friends with the captain
What was Dimmesdale scheduled to do to the third day from the present "an honorable epoch in the life of a New England Clergyman"?
Was scheduled to preach the Election Sermon
Dimmesdale plans to give his last great speech (Election Sermon) three days from now and that will be his last official duty. What does he plan to do the fourth day?
Escape with Hester and Pearl
Explain the quote: "No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."
Hawthorne is saying that Dimmesdale might not get out of this that easily; he still truly has to come clean
How did Dimmesdale's attitude change after he left the forest and decided to leave Boston with Hester and Pearl?
- Felt better
- Had more energy
- Felt temptation to do bad things
True or false: When Dimmesdale walks back in town, everything seems different to him---------the street, houses, weathercock, the people (the change is within him, not externally caused)
How can you explain Dimmesdale change as he comes out of the forest?
Now that he has acknowledges his sin with Hester, he feels released from the rules of society. Now he needs an outlet for his new temptation since he has cast off his sin
Returning to town, Dimmesdale experiences "strange impulses" when he sees various people. Explain each encounter.
- A holy, kind deacon (a minister) and Dimmesdale talked and Dimmesdale kept shouting profanity
- Dimmesdale couldn't remember Scripture to comfort the sad widow
- Gave a wicked look and whispered something bad to a young virgin girl who recently joined his church
- Teaches wicked words to Puritan children that he learned from a sailor
Dimmesdale stops in the middle of the street and wonders what haunts and tempts him. What is one opinion he thinks it could be?
He could have signed a contract with the Black Man in the forest and signed it with his blood
Where does Mistress Hibbins say Dimmesdale has made a visit to and offers to join him next time?
The forest with the Black Man
How does Dimmesdale respond to Mistress Hibbins invite?
He says he's bewildered as to even think of an idea like that and he was in the forest to greet Apostle Eliot
Explain the quote: "Tempted by a dream of happiness, he had yielded himself with deliberate choice, as he had never done before, to what he knew was a deadly sin."
His original sin was a crime of passion (not intentional), but this time it's a thoughtful choice to run off with Hester and isn't fitting into society. This choice to deliberately commit a sin is infecting his moral fiber
True or false: When Dimmesdale gets back to his study in his house by the burial ground, he looks at his room with the same view as he did through the town.
Who came in to see Dimmesdale while he was in his study when he got home?
What does Chillingworth say to Dimmesdale when he walks in?
He welcomes Dimmesdale home and asks if he needs to help for his Election Sermon. He also thinks Dimmesdale looks pale and should rest because he doesn't want his people to think he'll be dead in a year
What is unique about this meeting between Roger Chillingworth and Dimmesdale in their house?
Both know the other is pretending and Chillingworth knows that Dimmesdale hates him
What pun is used by Dimmesdale when conversing with Roger Chillingworth?
Dimmesdale says he'll be gone to "another world" (meaning back to Europe and Chillingworth doesn't know about this)
What did Dimmesdale do to the already written pages of the Election sermon he wrote before his meeting with Hester in the forest?
He burned them and started a new one
How does Hawthorne describe Dimmesdale as he writes his new sermon in his study?
He feels like "Heaven instrument" and Heaven's words are pouring out on his paper even though he considers himself a "foul organ pipe"
Why is chapter 20 entitled "The Minister in a Maze"?
The chapter's name is indicative of the minister's struggle to escape the scrutiny of the town of Boston. Also, he has been so lost in suffering and guilt that he no longer knows who he is now that he sees a chance for freedom
Why is everyone gathered in the market place?
To watch the procession and celebration as elected officials assume their offices
When she was in the market place before, Hester was hated by the town and gloried by the narrator. How is it different this time around?
She is now unnoticed by the town but the narrator seems less impressed with her--------her face was said to be like a mask and she departed out of the world which is still kind of a part of her
What does Hawthorne say that Hester will say to the townspeople now if they knew where she was going and what she was going to do?
"Look your last on the scarlet letter and its wearer! Yet a little while, and she will be beyond your reach. A few hours longer and the deep ocean will quench and hide for ever the symbol."
True or false: Hester is not glad, but feels regret to know that she will soon be leaving the town that he so mistreated her for seven years
Describe Pearl in the market place.
She was decked out in "airy gayety"; her dress was an outward manifestation of her character; she was excited and was dancing; broke into a piercing music
Who does Pearl see in the market place who nods and smiles at her?
Regarding Dimmesdale, what does Hester tell Pearl they must not do?
Greet him in public
What does Pearl say in response to what Hester has told her regarding Dimmesdale?
"What a strange, sad man is he! Here, in the sunny day, and among all the people, he knows us not; nor must we know him. A strange sad man is he, with his hand always over his heart!"
Compare these first-generation New Englanders with their recent English ancestors and with their future New England descendants.
These first generation New Englanders are repressed by discipline of law and religion and had forgotten how to be happy. Their recent English ancestors were interested in theater and comedy. Their future New England descendants would like to be like their ancestors, motivated by the Elizabethan era
What usually forbidden activity are allowed on Election Day?
Who, in the Puritan crowd, has the only color?
"Savage" party of Indians
Describe the commander of the Bristol ship.
- Had ribbons on his garment
- Gold lace on his hat with a feather
- Had a sword at his side and a sword-cut on his head
How does Hawthorne describe Hester's interaction with the commander of the Bristol ship?
Whoever talked to Hester, a magic circle had formed itself around her that no one felt imposed to intrude
What distressing news did the commander of the Bristol ship bring Hester?
Chillingworth had booked passage on the Bristol ship
After Hester learns that Chillingworth booked passage along with them, he smiles at Hester across the market place. What does Hawthorne say this smile conveyed?
Secret and fearful meaning
In what order did the procession occur?
1. Music - adds a "higher and more heroic air"; denotes the advance of magistrates and citizens on its way towards the meeting-house; played with no great skill
2. Gentleman soldiers- brilliantly garbed and have an ancient and honorable fame
3. Political dignitaries- showed a stamp of majesty; stable; drawing a deep respect from the crowd
4. Dimmesdale- going to give Election Sermon speech
True or false: Hawthorne admits that none of the magistrates and soldiers appear as bright as the statesmen
What is Hawthorne's point about the governor's ability to govern? Does he seem to find fault in them?
Hawthorne seems to indicate that while these men might not have been gifted leaders, they were good men, motivated by "proper" manners. He doesn't seem to fault them, in fact saying that they were not corrupt, selfish, or lazy
Describe Dimmesdale during the procession.
- Had the most energy anyone has ever seen in him
- No feebleness in his steps/frame wasn't bent
- Didn't have his hand over his heart
What would account for Dimmesdale's sudden change (during the procession)?
Some people think that the source is spiritual, others think it was given by a influential friendliness, and the remaining think that it is because of the piercing music
How does Hester feel regarding this change in Dimmesdale being so distant during the procession?
Hester feels that Dimmesdale is distant and beyond her reach. She thinks back to the forest and how she knew him then but now she hardly knows him. She thought is must have been a delusion and there could be no real bond between them. Also, she feels she could barely forgive him for withdrawing himself from their world
What does Pearl comment on how Dimmesdale has changed during the procession?
"Mother, was that the same minister that kissed me by the brook? Else I would have run to him, and bid him kiss me now, before all the people. Would he have clapped his hands over his heart, and scowled on me, and bid me begone?"
What did the townspeople do when Mistress Hibbins and Hester started talking?
They moved away from them
What did Mistress Hibbins have to say to Hester while the procession was going on?
Mistress Hibbins comments on how Dimmesdale has changed and questions Hester on whether she thinks he's the same man she encountered on the forest. She says Dimmesdale has been to the forest and the Black Man gave him a mark that is hidden. Also, she says the world will soon know of Dimmesdale's sin
Where does Hester go to listen to Dimmesdale's sermon?
When Dimmesdale is giving his sermon speech, Hester can't hear his words, but what does she hear?
The passion in his tone, emotion, sympathy, low expression of sadness (Hester can hear the sadness and despair in his tone because she is so in sympathy with his heart)
True or false: Hester feels an inevitable magnetism to the scaffold
Describe Pearl as Dimmesdale is giving his sermon speech.
- Made the crowd cheerful
- She would do the tiptoe dance
- Contrast between Pearl and Indians and the town (the town is standing in one place and judgmental vs Pearl who has light and movement)
- Seems more alive than ever
What does the sea captain give Pearl?
A gold chain
What message does the sea captain ask Pearl to deliver to Hester?
Chillingworth has secured passage for himself and Dimmesdale on the ship
What problem does Hester endure that becomes the center of the crowd's attention while Dimmesdale is giving his speech?
New people stare at Hester and her scarlet letter and Hester notices familiar people who were at the scaffold seven years ago who start to torment her again with their gaze
In what ways does the ending scene of chapter 22 entitled "The Procession" echo the opening scene of the novel?
- Huge gathering in town
- New people stare at Hester
- Pearl seems out of control
- Dimmesdale is preaching
- Chillingworth is looking on
- Hester doesn't know what will happen next
Explain the remarks, "The sainted minister in the church! The woman of the scarlet letter in the market-place!"
This is referring to Hester and Dimmesdale in that even though the public views of the two are different, their sin is the same. It also highlights the irony of Dimmesdale's position
What clues has Hawthorne offered his reader to prepare him or her for the revelation of the scarlet letter on his chest?
The final line of chapter 22 is a huge hint towards the scarlet letter on Dimmesdale's chest. "What imagination would have been irreverent enough to surmise that the same scorching stigma was on them both?"
When Dimmesdale is finished with his sermon speech and the crowd emerges from the church, what do they think of his speech?
People think they've never heard a better sermon-------they clapped for him, said never had a man spoken so wise, high, and in spirit, very inspiring
What is ironic about why people think Dimmesdale's Election Sermon speech is the best speech they've ever heard?
They think it's because he's about to die but Dimmesdale feels like he's being given a new life
Why does Dimmesdale stand "on the very proudest eminence of superiority" before the crowd?
This is because Dimmesdale has just preformed the best sermon of his life so his intelligence/reputation has earned him the respect of the people
Dimmesdale's sermon is a _________________ _____________
When the Fathers, Governor, and magistrates were marching back to banquet in the town hall, what does the crowd do?
They shout as a tribute for Dimmesdale
Why does the shout die to a murmur?
Because the people see Dimmesdale totter feebly and nervously in the procession
In what ways has Dimmesdale looks as if he is going to die during the march back to the town hall?
- Looked feeble and pale
- His energy was withdrawn
- Glow on his cheek was gone
- Can barely walk
When Reverend John Wilson tried to help Dimmesdale, what does Dimmesdale do?
He repels his help
Who tries to stop Dimmesdale from climbing the scaffold with Hester and Pearl? What does he say to Dimmesdale?
Chillingworth; "Wave back that woman! Cast off this child! Don't blacken your fame, and perish in dishonor! I can yet save you!"
True or false: Dimmesdale calls on Hester's strength to free him from Chillingworth and sin
What does Chillingworth mean when he says, "There was no one place..... where thou couldst have escaped me----save on this very scaffold!"
Chillingworth means that anywhere Dimmesdale could've gone to escape, Chillingworth would be able to find him. However, the scaffold is the only place of escape, because there, Dimmesdale could confess his sin before the public, resolving all inner guilt and turmoil. Therefore, Chillingworth would not be able to torture him
Explain the quote: "Is not this better than what we dreamed of in the forest?"
Dimmesdale says this to Hester and it means that the truth is where there is real freedom and running away wouldn't have done any good since it would've been living a lie
How does Hester reply to what Dimmesdale said about this moment being better than what they dreamed of in the forest?
"I know not! Better? Yea; so we may both die, and little Pearl die with us!" (She prefers all three of them to die together)
True or false: Just as he's getting ready to confess, the sun comes out and shines upon Dimmesdale
Summarize Dimmesdale's confession to the people of New England:
Dimmesdale says he's a sinner, not a saint and should've stood with Hester on the scaffold seven years ago. He mentions of how Hester had to wear a scarlet letter and how she was shunned but he wasn't. He says the scarlet letter is on him and God and the Devil knew it.
What did the people see when Dimmesdale took off his ministerial band?
They saw the scarlet letter "A" craved on his chest (this is literally the reason why he keeps his hand over his heart)
How does Dimmesdale look after he reveals the scarlet letter?
Like he had won a victory
What does Roger Chillingworth say to Dimmesdale just before he dies?
"Thou hast escaped me" (Dimmesdale is now officially free from Chillingworth since he confessed)
In what two ways has Chillingworth lost his victory over Dimmesdale?
- He no longer has Dimmesdale to torment
- He got Dimmesdale's blessing
Dimmesdale asked Pearl if she will kiss him now. Does Pearl kiss him?
What does Hawthorne say Pearl's tears symbolize?
The pledge that she would grow up with joy and sorrow and still be a woman in the world. Pearl's errand as a messenger of anguish was fulfilled
What does Hester ask Dimmesdale right before he's about to die?
She asks him if they will meet together in Heaven since they've paid the price for sin
How does Dimmesdale respond to Hester's question about meeting in Heaven?
Since they sinned and forgot God, he fears that eternal happiness is not a state for which they can hope. However, he says God is forgiving and His mercy was seen in Dimmesdale's affliction leading up to his confession and dying in triumphant ignominy
What are Dimmesdale's dying words?
"Praised be His name! His will be done! Farewell!"
In what way is Dimmesdale's sin worse than Hester's? Of Hester, Chillingworth, and Dimmesdale, whose sin is the worst?
Dimmesdale's sin is worse than Hester's sin because he hid his true self from the public for so long. He was hypocritical and wasn't true to himself, which is seen as the greater sin by Hawthorne. Chillingworth's sin is the worst because he allowed rage and revenge to consume his life. He wanted to kill the soul of someone who didn't do anything to him personally. He didn't need to be tortured by Chillingworth that way
True or false: Most people saw a scarlet letter on Dimmesdale's breast
What theories are given about the scarlet letter imprinted on Dimmesdale's breast?
- Marked it upon himself because of the guilt (most likely reason)
- Chillingworth caused it to appear though magic and poisonous drugs
- Sign from God
- Remorse growing out of Dimmesdale's conscience
Why does Hawthorne leave the origin of Dimmesdale's mark ambiguous?
It leaves the reader thinking about how and why Dimmesdale had done it. "We have thrown all the light we could acquire upon the portent, and would gladly, now that it had done its office, erase its deep print out of our brain"
True or false: Some people refuse to believe that Dimmesdale had the mark or even that his dying words had any connection to Hester and her sin
What do observers say Dimmesdale's death served as?
A lesson that even the most saintly of us are sinners----Hawthorne credits this to the loyalty of friends (meaning they thought he was a saint be in actuality he was a sinner)
Explain the quote: "Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait by which the worst may be inferred."
This is a moral from Dimmesdale's experience and it's about being true to oneself. This leaves the reader think about which characters were true and which ones weren't
What happened to Roger Chillingworth in the end of the novel?
All his energy and strength and he shrivels up, vanishes, and dies within a year of Dimmesdale's death. He dies because "there was no more Devil's work on earth for him to do" (since he has no one to torture anymore, he has no reason to live)
How does Hawthorne add mercy to Chillingworth's death?
He explain that love and hatred have a lot in common------- both need a good amount of intimacy and heart-knowledge, each leaves the lover and hater desolate by the withdrawal from each other. Also, Hawthorne says Dimmesdale and Chillingworth may be happy together in Heaven
Before he died, what did Chillingworth leave for Pearl? What had Pearl become because of this?
A huge amount of money and property; the richest heiress of her day in the New World
What happened to Hester and Pearl after Chillingworth's death?
They disappeared (presumably to Europe)
Years later, children were at play near Hester's old cottage. What did the Puritan children see?
They saw Hester go inside and paused because she was sad she was entering alone
Although no one truly knows Pearl's fate in the end, what evidence is given that assumes she married and had a family and still cares about Hester?
- Receives letters with heraldry seals
- Articles of comfort and luxury found in cottage
- Ornaments found
- Hester was seen making baby-garments out of non-Puritan colors (this suggests that Pearl may have had kids)
Does Hester end up keeping the scarlet letter on or taking it off?
She ends up keeping it on
What does Hester become among the woman of the Puritan community? Why did they come to her?
A counselor; they came to her because she had gone through such trouble
What did Hester assure the woman who came to her cottage looking for help?
She assured them that a new truth should be revealed so that the man and woman can be happy
According to Hester, why can't she be the destined prophetess?
Because she has sinned and was shamed
What happened to Hester Prynne at the end of the novel?
She dies and was buried next to Dimmesdale but with a slight space between them. They share a tombstone with the letter "A" on it
What does the gravestone have inscribed on it (not the letter A)?
"ON A FIELD, STABLE, THE LETTER A. GULES"
Why do you suppose Hester returns to Salem?
Her sin is fully redeemed
Why would Hawthorne allows the story to end with Hester and Dimmesdale being remembered so ignominiously?
Although they were redeemed from their sin, their stories ended in shame. Dimmesdale died through his shame and penance and majority of Hester's life was lived through shame by wearing the scarlet letter
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