Scarlet Letter Study Guide Answers

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Chapters 1 and 2
1.The necessities that must be provided immediately by the founders of a new colony are a cemetery and a prison. 2.The rose bush outside the prison sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson. 3.The town people have gathered to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne. 4.The scarlet letter on her bodice is meant as punishment for her sin. The letter A stands for adultery. 5.Every new colony is quick in building a cemetery and prison because they know that misbehavior and death are inevitable. 6.Many of the town people regard Hester’s punishment as too lenient. They say that she can easily cover up her bodice with a brooch. 7.When denying someone the ability to hide their face it forces them to face there sin right in the eye it heightens the amount of shame felt. 8.The coat of arms signifies that her family is very old and was, at some point wealthy. 9.Yes, scornful mockery would be much more crueler.

Chapter 3
1.The stranger who appears at the outskirts of the crowd has a shoulder that is higher than the other. 2.The stranger says that he has been a wanderer against his will and he has had to deal with mishaps on land and sea. He says he is a captive and the India companion is there to redeem him of his captivity. 3.The severest possible punishment for Hester’s crime is death. Instead she has to stand on the scaffold for three hours and must wear the scarlet letter for the rest of her life. 4.The stranger becomes concerned with the identity of Hester’s partner in crime. 5.The first clue provided by Hawthorne of the stranger’s identity is Hester’s recognition of him, second his face twisted with emotion when he saw Hester carrying out her punishment, and third Hester held her infant closer to her body when she saw and recognized him. 6.I believe the strangers vow to reveal the identity of Hester’s lover will become very important throughout the novel. I expect him to become overcome with the obsession of revealing this person’s identity. 7.Reverend Dimmsdale says to Hester that it would be better for her to reveal the identity of her fellow sinner so that he won’t have to hide the guilt in his heart, she’d be doing him a favor. The reverend also says that if Hester doesn’t speak she’d be allowing her fellow-sinner the chance to add hypocrisy to his list of sins. 8.Reverend Wilson thinks the baby is seconding Reverend Dimmsdale counsel on revealing sinner’s identity. 9.Reverend Dimmsdale draws back in relief because he either knows who the guilty person is or he is the guilty fellow sinner hoping Hester does not speak up.

Chapter 4
1.Roger Chillingworth is to lodge in the prison with Hester as the authorities work out his ransom. 2.Chillingworth’s study in alchemy and his sojourn for above a past year among people well versed in the kindly properties of simples have made a physician out of him. 3.Hester at first resist Chillingworth’s attempts to give the baby medicine because she thinks he is going to try and poison the child. 4.Chillingworth makes Hester swear to not reveal his true identity or the truth of their marital status to the town. 5.I am sure that Chillingworth is Hester’s husband when he says, “from the moment when we came down the old church steps together, a married pair, I might have beheld the bale-fire of that scarlet letter blazing at the end of our path!” 6. Chillingworth doesn’t seek vengeance against Hester because he realizes that he should have known better than to leave her on her own, it is only expected that she would fall into temptation; he also states that they were now even. 7. Chillingworth means that even though the father of Hester’s child doesn’t wear a scarlet letter like her he will be able to identify him through the guilt in his heart. 8.Chillingworth would have emphasized the words “thy” and “thine.” Chillingworth is not referring to his soul or Hester’s soul, he refers to her partners soul. Chapter 5

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