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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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1. In what century is the story of Hester Prynne set?

2. What is the occupation of the narrator of this story?

3. Where do Hester and Chillingworth live before coming to America?

4. With whom has Chillingworth been living before he appears in Boston?

5. What is situated immediately outside the door of the prison in which Hester is kept?

6. What item in the governor’s mansion shows Hester a distorted reflection of herself?

7. Which of the following is a method Dimmesdale uses to punish himself for his sins?

8. In what city do Hester and Pearl live?

9. Who is Mistress Hibbins?

10. How does Mistress Hibbins eventually die?

11. How does Hester support herself financially?

12. Next to whom is Hester buried?

13. What natural phenomenon comes to symbolize both Dimmesdale’s “sin” and Governor Winthrop’s “virtue”?

14. Why does Pearl not recognize her mother when she sees her with Dimmesdale in the forest?

15. How does Pearl acknowledge Dimmesdale as her father at his death?

16. What mark can supposedly be seen on Dimmesdale’s chest?

17. How do Hester and Dimmesdale plan to escape their suffering?

18. How does Pearl become wealthy?

19. Where does the narrator first encounter Hester Prynne’s story?

20. What item of clothing does Hester make for Governor Winthrop?

21. What color of clothing does Hester always wear?

22. Where do Hester and Pearl live?

23. What does Chillingworth pretend to be?

24. What does Hester’s letter “A” eventually come to represent to the townspeople?

25. Why does the narrator lose his job in the customhouse?

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seperation of church and state

by Dawm, August 19, 2012

I think that is should also be mentioned how the rule of law was based on thier religion. They did not seperate the church and state as they do now.

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about the book.....

by c3monea, August 30, 2012

this is a great book i just wished that they talked in a langue that i could understand :p

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by pianoprincess2014, September 02, 2012

SparkNotes is the best! "The Scarlet Letter" has the most confusing Olde English I think I've ever had to muddle through. Thankfully, SparkNotes broke it down for me and explained what's going on when, 'cause you just can't understand with all the beating around the bush!

This SparkNote was amazingly easy to understand, I just wish that someone would rewrite the book with modern English. But anyway, the quizzes are SUPER (Let me stress that super) helpful. Since the chapter summaries are so well written, I was actually able to come to... Read more

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