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1. Who is the protagonist(s) of the book? What is the antagonist?
2. Discuss the significance of the title of the book.
3. Explain how symbolism is effectively used in the novel.
4. Contrast Hester's scarlet letter to Dimmesdale's scarlet letter.
5. Explain three times where dramatic irony is successfully used in the novel.
6. Explain the major changes that occur in Hester's life during the novel.
7. What are the reasons behind Dimmesdale's physical deterioration?
8. What is Chillingworth's sin and why is it judged to be the worse sin in the book?
9. Explain Pearl's basic nature as a child, giving specific examples.
10. How and why does Pearl go through a transformation at the end of the book?
11. Explain the symbolic roles of Governor Bellingham, Mr. John Wilson and Mistress Hibbins.
12. What picture of Puritan society is gathered from the novel?
13. Discuss the significance of the scaffold scenes.