The Scarlet Letter Questions and Answers
Is it necessary to read "The Custom House" introduction to The Scarlet Letter? If so, what is it about?
What does this quote from The Scarlet Letter mean? "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."
How does Dimmesdale punish himself in chapter 11 of The Scarlet Letter?
Explain the significance of the title of The Scarlet Letter.
How does Hawthorne present the organic-mechanical contrast in the novel The Scarlet Letter?
On A Field Sable The Letter A Gules
What natural phenomenon comes to symbolize both Dimmesdale's "sin" and Governor Winthrop's "virtue" in The Scarlet Letter?
What does the rose bush near the prison door symbolize in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne?
What are the main conflicts in the book The Scarlet Letter?
Give at least 2 reasons why Hester does not leave the colony in The Scarlet Letter.
What did Chillingworth do to Dimmesdale?
How is the attitude of the townspeople toward Hester changed during the seven years since her "crime" was committed?
What are some direct quotes, about Roger Chillingworth, in The Scarlet Letter, that show Roger changing physically, emotionally, and mentally?
Where do Hester and Chillingworth live before coming to America? Whom has Chillingworth lived with before coming to Boston?
In chapter 10 of The Scarlet Letter, what does Pearl see in Chillingworth?
What are six examples of indirect characterization for Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter?
What did the women of the town think of Hester in The Scarlet Letter?
How does Dimmesdale die?
In The Scarlet Letter, why does Pearl cry at the end of chapter 7?
In The Scarlet Letter, why does Chillingworth ask Hester to keep his identity a secret?
In The Scarlet Letter, why does Hawthorne say "the scarlet letter had not done its office" in chapter 13?
Name three things the letter "A" stands for in The Scarlet Letter.
What does the flashback reveal about Hester's past? One way Hester endures her punishment is by dreaming of her past.
How is Pearl related to the brook and the rest of the forest in chapter 16 of The Scarlet Letter?
Irony In The Scarlet Letter
How does The Scarlet Letter relate to today's world?
Describe the mood of chapter 1 in The Scarlet Letter. What words or phrases help to establish that mood?
What is the significance of Pearl's reflection in the brook in chapter 19 of The Scarlet Letter? Nathaniel continuously refers to the reflection of Pearl in the brook, as if the brook is a mirror to everything Pearl is doing. Why it is important or significant?
What is a quote from The Scarlet Letter that describes the location, Puritan Massachusetts?
In what sense has Chillingworth devoted himself to "a devil's office" in chapter 14 of The Scarlet Letter?
What figurative language can be found in chapter 2 of The Scarlet Letter?
Explain the importance of "The Custom-House" essay in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
How does Mistress Hibbins eventually die in The Scarlet Letter?
What is the significance of the forest in The Scarlet Letter, and how is the forest related to the black man and to Dimmesdale's moral confusion?
In chapters 4–8 of The Scarlet Letter, what does Hester do with her spare money?
Why does Hawthorne include Mistress Hibbins in The Scarlet Letter? Mistress Hibbins is described as being a witch and many of the scenes with her seem unreal or dream-like.
In chapter 7 of The Scarlet Letter, what is an element of irony?
In chapter 4, what does Chillingworth ask Hester to promise? Why does she agree?
What are some quotes in the book that show Dimmesdale's and Chillingworth's declining physical condition in The Scarlet Letter?
"Preach! Write! Act! Do anything save to lie down and die." Who said this? Who did they say it to? What does it mean?
Explain the following quote : "She hath good skill at her needle, that's certain,' remarked one of the female spectators; 'but did ever answer a woman, before this brazen hussy, contrive such a way of showing it! Why, gossips, what is it but to laugh in the faces of our godly magistrates, and make a pride out of what they, worthy gentlemen, meant for a punishment?' "
How do the townspeople feel about Chillingworth in chapter 9 of The Scarlet Letter?
In chapter 4, what reasons does Chillingworth give for not taking vengeance against Hester?
Why does Pearl not recognize her mother?
In chapter 16 of The Scarlet Letter, what symbolic significance does the brook have?
In The Scarlet Letter, what does Dimmesdale have upon his chest in chapter 12?
I am having trouble finding indirect characterization examples for Roger Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter. I need examples of direct and indirect characterization if possible.
What's the relationship between Chillingworth and Dimmesdale?
What do the townspeople believe is the cause of Dimmesdale's poor health in The Scarlet Letter?
What does Pearl inform her mother of in chapter 6 of The Scarlet Letter?
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