Arthur Dimmesdale in the Scarlet Letter: Character Analysis & Overview


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In The Scarlet Letter, what is the relationship between Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth?

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1. In The Scarlet Letter, who is buried next to Arthur Dimmesdale?

2. In The Scarlet Letter, what does Dimmesdale see in the sky when he is at the scaffold?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Like many of Nathaniel Hawthorne's characters, Arthur Dimmesdale embodies several major conflicts that the author wrestled with in his stories and novels. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand Dimmesdale as an example of the struggles between truth and falsehood and sin and salvation as well as the hypocrisy of Puritan culture, an issue Hawthorne highlighted repeatedly in his work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Dimmesdale's experiences with guilt
  • Dimmesdale's relationship with Roger Chillingworth
  • What Dimmesdale sees in the sky at the scaffold
  • The relationship between Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne
  • Who is buried next to Dimmesdale
  • Major turning points in the novel's plot

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Arthur Dimmesdale to answer questions about Hawthorne's themes and literary style in 'The Scarlet Letter'
  • Making connections - examine how Dimmesdale represents the hypocrisy of Puritan culture
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of Dimmesdale as a person trapped by the rules and expectations of the external world to examine his internal conflicts in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Arthur Dimmesdale in 'The Scarlet Letter.' This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Dimmesdale and the plot of the novel
  • Explain the theme of sin and redemption in 'The Scarlet Letter'
  • Understand Hawthorne's use of symbolism as it relates to Dimmesdale
  • Know the relationships between the novel's central characters
  • Understand Dimmesdale as an example of the ruin caused by deceit and hypocrisy