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The Scarlet Letter – Chapters 9-15 Discussion Questions – Answer on lined paper and in complete sentences. (16 points) Chapters 9-15 1. How does Roger Chillingworth’s appearance change? How does Hester interpret the changes she sees in him? 2. How does Dimmesdale feel about his role as the much- respected ministry in the community? Why doesn’t he thrive amid the people who admire him so much? 3. Define the word “leech” and explain the irony involved in using this word in association with Chillingworth. 4. Chillingworth makes a discovery that confirms his suspicions about the minister while he is sleeping. What do you think he sees when he opens the front of the minister’s shirt? Support your response. 5. What causes Hester to speak to Chillingworth after so many years? What does she hope to accomplish? 6. Describe the scaffold scene when Dimmesdale goes there at night. Who does he see and what happens? What is found on the scaffold the next day? 7. Describe Hester at this point in the story. How do the townspeople feel about her? 8. It seems that Hester has learned to live with the scarlet letter, while Dimmesdale has not. Do you think that he would have been better off if Hester had named him as Pearl’s father seven years earlier? Support your answer.
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