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The Scarlet Letter -Final
Miss De Pew
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Hawthorne completed Scarlet Letter in?
The prison door best represents?
The iron door seems to represent all that is strict and unrelenting in Puritan society
The rosebush outside the prison door is a symbol of ?
The rosebush represents kindness and forgiveness to the prisoners who must face either a prison sentence or a death sentence; their last saving grace
Hester has embroidered what symbol onto her dress?
a scarlet A
What gesture does Reverend Dimmesdale make throughout the book?
places his hand over heart
Why is the first scaffold scene very ironic?
Because Dimmesdale is called upon to ask Hester who the father is
Chillingworth pretends to be of what profession?
After she is released from prison, Hester goes to live where?
on the outskirts of Boston
How does Hester earn a living?
by her needlework; shes a seamstress
what does pearl represent in the novel?
When John Wilson asks Pearl who her maker is, Pearl replies what?
she was plucked from a rose bush
Mistress Hibbins, the sister of Governor Bellingham, is reputed to be what?
To whom does Hawthorne apply the term "The Leech"?
How does Chillingworth figure out who Pearl's father really is?
he becomes Dimmesdale's doctor and when he is asleep comes into his room, opens his robe and sees his chest
What is Hester's response when she learns that the Puritan council might allow her to
remove her scarlet letter?
she indicates that only God can remove her letter
Hester tries to convince Dimmesdale to do what during their walks in the woods?
to run away and live together elsewhere
What does Pearl do when she first sees her mother without the scarlet letter?
She convulses and screams
Who destroys Dimmesdale and Hester's plans to run away from Boston?
What does Pearl do right before Dimmesdale dies?
She kisses Dimmesdale
Eventually, years after it was put on her chest to stand for "adultery", the "A" on Hester's chest begins to stand for?
Two symbolic images of the good and evil battling over Dimmesdale's soul are?
Chillingworth and Pearl
By punishing Hester with the scarlet letter, the Puritan community is doing what, according to Nathaniel Hawthorne?
proclaiming its own smug and judgmental self-richeousness
(by humiliating people of own sins they are promoting own purity)
Chillingworth became the greatest sinner in violating the human heart because?
He single-mindedly was bent on personal revenge against Dimmesdale (consumed his life)
Name another story that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote..
Twice-Told Tales & The House of Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne had an ancestor who?
presided over the salem witch trials in 1692
What happens to Pearl at the end of the story?
the inherits a fortune from Chillingworth and leaves town to never visit again excpet for writing letters to Hester and sending gifts to her
What is the setting of The Scarlet Letter?
Boston, Massachusetts 1690
What kind of story, or genre, is The Scarlet Letter classified as?
Why did Hester name her child " Pearl?
Because it represents that Hester paid a great price to have her
How are the Scarlet Letter and Pearl alike?
there both a symbol and reminder of how she committed a sin.
Explain how Chillingworth is evil?
He wants revenge on everyone, we can't stop until everyone is hurt. He tricks people
Why would Dimmesdale live with guilt and not confess his sin openly?
He is a leader and the townspeople would judge him as unholy and morally corrupt.
In what way is Hester "false to the symbol on her bosom"?
She lies to Pearl about why she wears it saying "I wear it for the sake of its gold thread!"
Why does sunlight shine on Pearl and not on Hester?
Pearl feels no shame, and the sunlight doesn't hit Hester until she removes the letter.
From what does Hester hope to save Dimmesdale by telling him the truth about Chillingworth
public shaming by Chillingsworth by revealing he is her husband.
Does Hester still love Dimmesdale?
Yes ..."'Never!' Replied Hester Prynne, looking, not at Mr. Wilson, but into the deep and troubled eyes of the younger clergyman [Dimmesdale]. 'It is too deeply branded. Ye cannot take it off. And would that I might endure his agony, as well as mine!'"
What have the crowds of people gathered in the market place to witness?
Inauguration of the Governor.
What is particularly noticeable about Dimmesdale's manner as he walks in the procession
there was no feebleness,his frame was not bent, nor did his hand rest ominously upon his heart.
Explain why Chillingworth desperately tries to stop Dimmesdale from confessing his sins on the scaffold?
He wants Dimmesdale to feel the guilt until the day that he dies
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