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Multiple Choice Final Exam

14 Mar

How do you explain the Scarlet A on Arthur Dimmesdale’s chest?

a)  It was a self-inflicted torture begun on the day Hester first donned her own ignominious badge.
b)  Roger Chillingworth caused it to appear with the use of magic and poisonous drugs.
c)  It was a visible symbol of remorse from his inmost heart manifested by Heaven’s dreadful judgment.
d)  None of the above.  It wasn’t really there.  He didn’t really admit to any wrong doing.  Nothing to see here folks, just a poor, sainted Pastor acting out his last sermon with his dying breath as a parable that in the view of Infinite Purity, we are sinners alike.

Don’t worry, this is an open book test.  Feel free to review the first pages of Chapter XXIV The Conclusion and come to your own answer.

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3 Comments

Posted by on March 14, 2012 in The Scarlet Letter

 

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3 responses to “Multiple Choice Final Exam

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    March 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Christina, I just have to say that I’m really nervous about the words:”Final Exam”.

     
  2. Christina Joy

    March 15, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Don’t blame me – Hawthorne wrote this multiple choice, himself. 🙂 But hey, I figure I’ve got a one in four chance. I just hope Melville didn’t follow suit.

     
  3. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    March 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    It seems that Melville was pretty intrigued with Hawthorne, so I wouldn’t put it past him.

     

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