The Scarlet Letter Flashcard Example #22035

What tone is set by the essay, “the customs of the House”?
A dark, sad tone
What is the significance of the essay to the novel?
Hawthorne tells how he got the idea for the story
What wrong attitudes did the people of the community demonstrate toward Hester?
They were hateful and unforgiving
Who was pearl?
Hester’s daughter, who was strong willed. some though she was a devil child.
What did Roger Chillingworth take as his life purpose?
To find out the secrets of Arthur Dimmesdale’s life and seek revenge for what he had done to Hester
Who was the father of Hester’s child?
In what ways were people mistaken about the character of Dimmesdale?
They believed that he could do no wrong
How did Dimmesdale try to atone for his sin?
He carved an A on his chest and stood on the scaffold at night
What did Hester and Dimmesdale plan to do?
To run away to Europe together
What happened to Dimmesdale?
He died before he was able to leave the community
What happened to Chillingworth?
He died within a year of Dimmesdale’s death and left an inheritance for pearl.
What happened to Pearl?
She moved to Europe, and was not heard from again
What happened to Hester?
She left for many years then returned to the community, helped many people, and died there.
WHy was the identity of Pearls father such a non-issue to many in the community?
The were more focused on Hester’s sin.
What does the novel say about puritan New England?
Its shows the failings of a community that was supposedly built on faith in Christ
What does the book say about the affect of sin that is confessed as to sin that is kept hidden?
Hester admit her sin and was able to move on with her life. Dimmesdale kept his sin hidden and it eventually destroyed him
In what century is the story of Hester Prynne set?
The seventeenth century
What is the occupation of the narrator of this story?
Customs officer
Where do Hester and Chillingworth live before coming to America?
With whom has Chillingworth been living before he appears in Boston?
Native Americans
What is situated immediately outside the door of the prison in which Hester is kept?
A rosebush
What item in the governor’s mansion shows Hester a distorted reflection of herself?
A suit of armor
In what city do Hester and Pearl live?
Who is Mistress Hibbins?
The governor’s sister
How does Mistress Hibbins eventually die?
She is executed publicly as a witch.
How does Hester support herself financially?
As a seamstress
What natural phenomenon comes to symbolize both Dimmesdale’s “sin” and Governor Winthrop’s “virtue”?
A meteor
Why does Pearl not recognize her mother when she sees her with Dimmesdale in the forest?
Hester has removed the scarlet letter.
How does Pearl acknowledge Dimmesdale as her father at his death?
By kissing him
What mark can supposedly be seen on Dimmesdale’s chest?
A scarlet letter “A”
How do Hester and Dimmesdale plan to escape their suffering?
By boarding a ship bound for Europe
How does Pearl become wealthy?
She inherits Chillingworth’s estate and marries a nobleman.
Where does the narrator first encounter Hester Prynne’s story?
He finds a manuscript in the attic of the Salem Custom-House.
What item of clothing does Hester make for Governor Winthrop?
What color of clothing does Hester always wear?
Where do Hester and Pearl live?
In an abandoned cottage on the outskirts of Boston
What does Chillingworth pretend to be?
A doctor

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