The Scarlet Letter Chpt 13 & 14

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The Scarlet Letter Chpt 13 & 14 - Quiz


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  • 1. 

    Who does Hester feel a responsibility toward?

    • A.

      Pearl

    • B.

      Chillingworth

    • C.

      Dimmesdale

    • D.

      Bellingham

    Correct Answer
    C. Dimmesdale
    Explanation
    Hester feels a responsibility toward Dimmesdale because they share a secret and a bond. Dimmesdale is Pearl's father, and Hester feels guilty for not revealing his identity. She also feels responsible for his well-being and wants to protect him from the consequences of their affair. Hester's sense of duty and love for Dimmesdale drives her actions throughout the novel.

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  • 2. 

    What has the "A" come to mean in the eyes of the people?

    • A.

      Ample

    • B.

      Able

    • C.

      Adultery

    • D.

      Angry

    Correct Answer
    B. Able
    Explanation
    The "A" has come to mean "Able" in the eyes of the people. This suggests that the people perceive "A" as representing the quality or ability to do something.

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  • 3. 

    What actions has Hester taken to create this change in the townspeoples' opinion of her?

    • A.

      Donated to the poor

    • B.

      Helped the sick

    • C.

      Counseled the sad

    • D.

      Clothed the Native Americans

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Donated to the poor
    B. Helped the sick
    Explanation
    Hester has taken several actions to create a change in the townspeople's opinion of her. She has donated to the poor, which shows her generosity and compassion towards those in need. By helping the sick, she demonstrates her willingness to provide care and support to those who are suffering. Additionally, by counseling the sad, she shows her empathy and willingness to listen and offer guidance. These actions not only showcase Hester's kindness and selflessness but also help to improve the townspeople's perception of her.

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  • 4. 

    What is Hester's opinion of womanhood in Puritan society?

    • A.

      Women are respected by their husbands

    • B.

      Even the saddest women should be happy

    • C.

      Even the happiest women don't have it very good

    • D.

      Men should be respected by their wives

    Correct Answer
    C. Even the happiest women don't have it very good
    Explanation
    Hester's opinion of womanhood in Puritan society is that even the happiest women don't have it very good. This suggests that Hester believes that women in Puritan society face significant challenges and limitations, despite their outward appearance of happiness. It implies that women are not truly fulfilled or satisfied with their lives due to the restrictive expectations and societal norms imposed upon them.

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  • 5. 

    Why does the author state, "The scarlet letter had not done its office"?

    • A.

      It is designed to punish Hester, but it has rewarded her with gold.

    • B.

      It is designed to celebrate Hester's rebel spirit, but she feels embarrassed.

    • C.

      It is designed to empower Hester, but she is still powerless.

    • D.

      It is designed to remind her of her sin, but she criticizes society instead.

    Correct Answer
    D. It is designed to remind her of her sin, but she criticizes society instead.
    Explanation
    The author states, "The scarlet letter had not done its office" because it was intended to serve as a constant reminder of Hester's sin and bring her shame and repentance. However, instead of feeling remorseful, Hester criticizes society for its hypocrisy and double standards. This suggests that the scarlet letter has failed in its purpose to make Hester feel guilty and repentant for her actions.

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  • 6. 

    At the end of Chapter XIII (13), who does Hester plan to meet and why?

    • A.

      Chillingworth, to ask forgiveness.

    • B.

      Chillingworth, to be released from her promise.

    • C.

      Dimmesdale, to ask forgiveness.

    • D.

      Dimmesdale, to be released from her promise.

    Correct Answer
    B. Chillingworth, to be released from her promise.
    Explanation
    In the given question, Hester plans to meet Chillingworth to be released from her promise. This suggests that Hester wants to free herself from the commitment she made to Chillingworth, possibly because she no longer wants to be bound by it or because it is causing her distress. Meeting Chillingworth would allow her to have a conversation and potentially come to an agreement or understanding that would release her from the promise she made.

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  • 7. 

    In Chapter XIV (14), according to Chillingworth, what are the town leaders currently discussing?

    • A.

      Letting Hester take off the "A"

    • B.

      Taking Pearl away again

    • C.

      Promoting Dimmesdale to Chief Priest

    • D.

      Sending Dimmesdale away to study

    Correct Answer
    A. Letting Hester take off the "A"
    Explanation
    In Chapter XIV, Chillingworth believes that the town leaders are currently discussing the possibility of letting Hester take off the scarlet "A" that she is required to wear as a punishment for her adultery.

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  • 8. 

    According to Chillingworth, DImmesdale has  "...but increased his debt" (125).  Why?

    • A.

      He has added hypocrisy to sin.

    • B.

      He has escaped Chillingworth's trap.

    • C.

      He has ruined Chillingworth's fortune.

    • D.

      He is the reason Chillingworth has turned into a fiend.

    Correct Answer
    D. He is the reason Chillingworth has turned into a fiend.
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that Dimmesdale is responsible for Chillingworth's transformation into a fiend. This implies that Dimmesdale's actions or behavior have had a negative impact on Chillingworth, causing him to become vengeful and evil. The phrase "increased his debt" indicates that Dimmesdale has done something that has further harmed or wronged Chillingworth, leading to his transformation into a fiend.

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  • 9. 

    What does Hester tell Chillingworth she has to do?

    • A.

      Reveal Chillingworth's secret to Dimmesdale

    • B.

      Reveal Dimmesdale's sin to the town

    • C.

      Reveal Chillingworth's real identity to the town

    • D.

      Reveal her new line of clothes to the women in town

    Correct Answer
    A. Reveal Chillingworth's secret to Dimmesdale
    Explanation
    Hester tells Chillingworth that she has to reveal his secret to Dimmesdale. This implies that Hester knows something about Chillingworth that she believes Dimmesdale should be aware of. It suggests that Hester feels a sense of responsibility towards Dimmesdale and wants to ensure that he is aware of the truth about Chillingworth. This revelation could potentially have significant consequences for all three characters involved.

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  • 10. 

    What is Chillingworth's response to Hester's intentions?

    • A.

      He refuses to let her.

    • B.

      He helps her do it.

    • C.

      He agrees to let her do it.

    • D.

      He threatens to kill Dimmesdale if she does it.

    Correct Answer
    C. He agrees to let her do it.
    Explanation
    Chillingworth's response to Hester's intentions is that he agrees to let her do it. This suggests that he is willing to allow Hester to pursue her intentions without hindrance or opposition from him.

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