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Scarlet Letter test #1
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Puritans; sad colored
Who are these people? How are they described?
In front of a wooden building; door is very heavy and studded with iron spikes. They could be visiting someone or there to prosecute someone.
Where are these people? Why might they be assembled here? How is the door described?
Name the city. When does the story take place?
Hinting that the puritans thought they were going to have a theocracy or utopia, but it's already not. Prisons and graveyards.
What is the significance of the mention of "utopia" in reference to this colony? What two parts of this city prove that things have gone wrong in this "utopia"?
Gloomy, sad, aged, ugly. Yard is full of weeds.
How is the prison and it's yard described?
1. Black flower=Prison 2. Red rosebush=Nature's sympathy for the prisoner.
There are two flower symbols. What are they? For what do they stand?
Nature is acting like a person that is on the side of the prisoner.
What is the role of nature in this paragraph?
That it came up from under Anne's foot when she stepped into the prison. Anne was a puritan woman who had a bible study in her home.
What is the legend of the rosebush? Who was Anne Hutchinson?
The story about the rose bush.
Find a statement of Hawthorne's ambiguity in this paragraph.
That he is giving the reader a rose because it symbolizes a sweet moral blossom or to cheer the reader because this will not be a story with a happy ending.
What does he say to the reader? What does this reveal about the outcome of the story?
Grim rigidity and meager, cold sympathy
Describe the demeanor of the puritans standing outside the prison.
Quaker or drunk Indian driven out of town. Witch executed, child or servant at a whipping post. Very severe.
Nave the various acts of public discipline mentioned. How severe was the usual discipline?
Large and loud with bold and brash behavior.
Describe the puritan women.
The young woman said she would always feel the pain in her heart, no matter the punishment. The women thought that the punishment was too nice, and if it was up to them they would have branded the A on her forehead or killed her.
What are the opinions of the matrons in the crowd? How does the young mother in the crowd differ?
Gives the punishment to the prisoners. Described as grim and grisly.
What is the description of the town beadle and what was his job?
She pushes him away and steps out on her own free will.
How does Hester, the prisoner, react to the beadle?
She uses the baby to cover up her mark, but then she realizes that the baby is another token of her shame so she removes it. Irony=The baby is a token of her shame because it is the reason people know she committed adultery, but she uses it to cover her other mark.
In what other ways does Hester show her independence and pride, as well as her shame?
Beautiful, fancy, gorgeous
Describe the scarlet letter.
Tall, long dark hair, dark eyes, lady-like, beautiful, dignified, elegant.
Describe Hester's appearance.
To stand on the scaffold for three hours and made to wear the scarlet A.
What was Hester's punishment?
She remember scenes from her past: Childhood house, old England, the schooler, new life with the schooler, her shame now. . The man was described as old, slightly deformed, and a schooler who studied books.
As Hester stood on the scaffold, how did she occupy her mind? What is the description of "the man well stricken in years?"
Her husband is most likely dead, she was young and beautiful; tempted. Her partner is unknown.
List three ways in which the people of Boston have not judged Hester as harshly as they might have.
She had gone to live in Amsterdam. She was the wife of a learned man; her husband was supposed to meet her here but has not shown up.
What do you learn about Hester's life before she came into the puritan settlement?
Her husband. With the Indians, learning medicine.
Who is the man who comes out of the forest and sees Hester standing before the crowd, who acts as her physician later in jail? Where has he been for more than a year?
Who the father of the baby is. To get revenge.
What does Hester's husband most want to know? What does he plan to do with the information?
That if people find out, his credibility as a minister will go down.
Chillingworth asks that Hester keep his identity secret-he makes her swear to it. What reason does he give for asking this?
That it is someone else's soul he hopes to ruin
What does Hawthorne seem to be foreshadowing here?
The father of her baby and who her husband is.
At the end of chapter four, Hester is keeping two secrets. What are they?
His heart; the same place the A is on her.
In chapter three, as Hester's young minister speaks to her, where does he place his hand?
Reverend Wilson, Reverend Dimmesdale, Governor Bellingham
Give the name and occupation of the three prominent men on the meeting house balcony.
That they are less capable than anyone else in the world.
What does Hawthorne say about the ability of these puritan elders to judge Hester?
"It is too deeply branded. Ye cannot take it off. And would that I might endure his agony as well as mine."
What line shows the unselfishness of Hester's love?
She is very courageous, and he is a coward because he will not come forward and accept his punishment.
Contrast Hester's courage and that of her unknown lover.
He says they are even because they have both wronged each other.
Explain the forgiveness that Chillingworth offers Hester.
That as Hester walks back into the prison, the scarlet A shows the "fire of hell."
What supernatural occurrence happens at the end of chapter three?
"As a cautionary tale for everyone to see."
How will Hester be used as a moral lesson to the women of the community?
Because part of her is still in love with the father of the baby; and Boston is where he lives.
Why does Hester stay in New England instead of escaping her punishment by returning to England or going elsewhere?
Boston; in an abandoned cabin at the edge of town. Her talent of needlework.
Where does Hester live and how does she support herself?
She is not getting paid for the clothes she is making. When she would go to church, she became the ridicule of the sermon. Set forth as a "Moral" lesson to the rest of the community.
Discribe Hester's treatment by the people of
Boston as she lives among them.
it says that there are no good works that can save us, only the blood of Christ. All the things that Hester does will have no effect on her salvation or atonement before Christ.
What do these verses say about Hester's and her town's attitude about continual shame and penance. Will these things cleanse her?
That everyone around her has sinned just as bad or worse than she has. that if she has this feeling, she has not really repented of her sin or does not want to.
What is the impression Hester is horrified of and continually feels? How does the bible apply to the way Hester is feeling.
That the A burns at night with hell-fire whenever Hester walks around.
What was the legend associated with the scarlet letter? How did it apply to Hester, symbolically?
Public shame or disgrace
Because it took all her mother had to own her, the "Pearl of great price."
Why does Hester name her child Pearl?
An "airy sprite" she had a mocking smile, and a very changing disposition. She almost seems otherworldy at times, a sort of "demon child." A thing incabable of human sorrow.
Very extravagantly, with bright scarlet. The actual personification of the A.
How does Hester dress her? What does she symbolize?
She dislikes them and yells and throws things at them.
What is Pearl's relationship with the other children of the settelement?
She makes up "puritian men" out of trees, and children out of weeds, whom she would pull up out of the ground and stomp on. She never made friends, only enimes.
Describe Pearl's play
The scarlet letter on her mother
What was the very first thing Pearl noticed in life?
They said that she was a devil child, born of a demon.
What was the talk of the neighboring townspeople about Pearl's paternity?
A maze; in which where to turn in unknown. Because Hester is unsure where to turn regarding Pearl.
What is the meaning of the word labyrinth and how does it apply to this situation?
To deliver gloves and to talk with someone in authority about the rumor of her child being taken away.
What are the two reason for Hester's visit to the govener's mansion?
They thought she was a demon, and would be bad for her already sinful mother. And if she was not a demon, she would be saved from her demonic mother.
What was the reasoning of the "leading inhabitants" for taking Pearl away from her mother?
In a crimson garment with gold thread, she is the A but another form, endowed with life.
How is Pearl dressed on this occassion and what impression does this make?
Hester has no sunshine to give her daughter, she has no happiness.
What reference is made to the symbol of sunshine in this chapter?
It is bright and well-decorated, as opposed to the drabness custumary to the puritians.
In light of what we know about the puritians, what is unusual about the govener's mansion?
A rose-bush, and she begins to cry for a rose.
What does Pearl take notice of in the govener's garden?
About three years
How long has it been since the beginning of the story?
Reverend Arthur Dimmsdale and Roger Chilligsworth. Hester's lover and her husband.
Who were the two men at the governor's mansion and what was there relationship?
That she came from the wild rose-bush next to the prison door. Yes
How does Pearl answer the catechism question about who made her? Does she know the correct answer?
He has gotten uglier, his complexion has changed and he has gotten larger.
How has Roger Chillingworth changed?
Mr. Dimmesdale. That she will be able to teach Pearl the lesson she has learned from her shame. He said God sent Pearl and she is both a blessing and a curse.
Who speaks for Hester with the governor? What are his reasons and Hester's reasons for being allowed to keep Pearl?
She is a strage child, and a "little witch" bird, demon-child.
What are the discriptions of Pearl in this chapter?
She asks Hester to come into the forest for a witch gathering. Hester said had Pearl been taken from her, she would have gladly went and signed her name in blood. Almost symbolic of suicide.
What is the ambiguous reference to Mistress Hibbins in this chapter?
Roger Chillingworth. That he came out of the sky; God worked a miracle and transplanted Chillingworth from Germany and set him on Dimmesdale's doorstep.
Who has become Arthur Dimmesdale's physician? How do some people say he came to town?
Because his health has began to fail as a result of doing without food and staying up all night. Guilt and/or fear.
Why does Dimmesdale need a physician?
Sent from God; calm and serious. As the devil; ugly evil face. Sooty from the laboratory fires of hell.
How do people view Chillingworth at the start of the chapter? how do many people view him at the end of the chapter?
A tapestry of David and Bathsheba; in which Dimmesdale is David, Hester is Bathsheba, and Chillingworth represents Nathan. It is almost ironic and represents the situation.
What hangs on the walls of Dimmesdale's library? What is its significance?
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