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The Scarlet Letter 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.
- Explain how the second scene on the scaffold serves as the novel’s climax.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.