The Scarlet Letter Review Flashcard Example #13617

The characters in The Scarlet Letter are meant to be examples of ________rather than _________, living figures.
moral traits, realistic
What is the point-of-view of The Scarlet Letter?
3rd person omniscient
The Scarlet Letter is written by___.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The major theme of the novel is developed in the context of _______.
good and evil
A tale in which characters, actions, or settings represent abstract ideas or moral qualities
Hawthorne completed The Scarlet Letter in what year?
Judge John Hathorne, one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s descendants, was know for …
presided over the Salem Witch Trials of 1692
What part of the novel is “The Custom-House”?
The Introduction to The Scarlet Letter
What did the practical founders of the new colony first establish?
cemetery and a prison
In what century is the story of Hester Prynne set?
17th century
With whom has Chillingworth been living before he appears in Boston?
Native Amerians
What is the setting of Hester Prynne’s story?
Boston 1650
What is the prison door a symbol of?
Puritanical severity of law; isolation and alienation
What are some of the more unpleasant suggestions the women of the community offer as alternative punishments for Hester?
Brand her with an “A” on her forehead
What is the rosebush outside the prison door a symbol of?
the ability of nature to endure and outlast man’s activities
When does Chillingworth arrive in Boston
on the day Hester is publicly shamed
What does the scarlet letter look like?
elaborate embroidery and gold thread
By punishing Hester with the scarlet letter, what is the Puritan community claiming about itself?
proclaiming its own smug self-righteousness
What mood does the opening of a novel set in a prison establish?
somber and gloomy
What profession does Chillingworth pretend to belong to?
a doctor
What did Hester’s husband ask of her at their meeting in the prison?
that she not acknowledge him
After she is released from prison, where does Hester go to live?
In an abandoned cottage on the outskirts of Boston
Why does Roger Chillingworth take on a false identity?
He wants to find his wife’s lover and take revenge on him.
Also, he does not want to bear the shame of an adulterous wife.
How does Hester support herself and Pearl financially?
by her needlework
Which of the following is not a reason why Hester remains in Boston after she has served her term of punishment?
Boston was the place of her sin and should be the place of her earthly punishment. Pearl’s father is there, and she is still in love with him.
How does Pearl respond when Reverend Wilson asks her who created her?
she was plucked off the wild rosebush outside the prison door
Who argued to the magistrate that Hester should be allowed to keep Pearl?
Arthur Dimmsdale
Who is Mistress Hibbins?
the governor’s sister
How does Mistress Hibbins eventually die?
She is executed publicly as a witch
How does Pearl acknowledge Dimmesdale as her father at his death?
By kissing him
As time goes by, what does Hester’s scarlet letter come to stand for?
angel and able
What does Pearl best represent throughout the novel?
The living embodiment of Hester’s sin
How did Roger Chillingworth find out Reverend Dimmesdale’s secret?
He overheard a conversation between Hester and Reverend Dimmesdale
Returning from the Governor’s deathbed, where did Hester find Dimmesdale?
on the scaffold
What has become Chillingworth’s sole reason for his existence?
What does Chillingworth ask Dimmesdale about his health that seems to be the young minister’s breaking point?
He asks about a hidden spiritual disorder
Why is “The Minister’s Vigil” another incomplete act of penance?
no one knows Dimmsdale was there
What does Chillingworth see on the minister’s chest while he is sleeping?
The branded letter A
What natural phenomenon comes to symbolize both Dimmesdale’s “sin” and Governor Winthrop’s “virtue”?
A meteor
What methods does Dimmesdale use to punish himself for his sins?
Scourging or whipping, fasting, and vigils
What kind of story, or genre, is The Scarlet Letter classified as?
psychological romance
What did Pearl want from Dimmesdale more than anything else?
a public sign of acknowledgement or recognition
What are Hester Prynne’s two symbols of her shame?
Pearl and the scarlet letter
Who does Chillingworth blame for Hester’s sin?

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