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The Scarlet Letter AP Teaching Unit

The Scarlet Letter AP Teaching Unit

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  • Identify the sin of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth, and trace the consequences of that sin on the person’s life and character.
  • It is hard to believe today that a community would treat one of its members the way in which Hester was treated. What features of the Boston society in 1642, however, make the actions of the Puritans quite understandable?
  • Despite the difference in clothing and customs, how do the psychological and moral aspects of this story make it very relevant for today’s readers?
  • Identify and explain at least three ways in which Hawthorne is part of the Romantic tradition and at least two ways in which he repudiates that tradition.
  • For what reasons would Hawthorne call his story a romance rather than a novel?
  • Name three characteristics of Hawthorne’s style and cite examples of each.
  • Explain Hawthorne’s view on human nature regarding passion.
  • According to Hawthorne, what are the moral consequences of sin and how does one become redeemed? Cite incidents from the story.
  • Show that Hester is one of literature’s first feminists using examples from the text.

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You no longer have to choose between "teaching the work" or "teaching to the test." Prestwick House Advanced Placement Teaching Units allow you to do both. Prestwick House AP Teaching Units meet the rigorous demands of the Advanced Placement class, with detailed study guides that focus on the types of literary knowledge students will have to demonstrate on their AP exams. AP Teaching Units feature sharply focused multiple-choice and free-response focusing on those facets of literature that appear on the test each year.

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