The Scarlet Letter

Chapters 1 - 4: Reading Quiz #1

1. Why wasn't Hester given the penalty of death for her crime?

2. Describe the scarlet letter. What effect does it have on Hester? On the crowd?

3. Why won't Hester reveal the name of Pearl's father to the magistrates? How does Rev. Dimmesdale attempt to convince her? (short)

4. Describe Roger Chillingworth. How does he treat Hester?

5. Reflect on the following exchange of dialogue:

"Why dost thou smile so at me? Art thou like the Black Man that haunts the forest round about us? Has thou enticed me into a bond that will prove the ruin of my soul?"

"Not thy soul," he answered, with another smile. "No, not thine!"