Hi dear 9B.
Here are a few questions to help you be prepared for the test.
1. What does the word throng mean in the sentence: When the throng had mostly streamed into the porch, the sexton began to toll the bell, keeping his eye on the Reverend Mr. Hooper?s door? Explain how you guess this meaning.
2. What does the word bachelor mean in the sentence: Mr. Hooper, a gentlemanly person of about thirty, though still a bachelor, was dressed with due clerical neatness, as if a careful wife had starched his band, and brushed the weekly dust from his Sunday?s garb? Explain how you guess this meaning.
3. What does the word Swathed mean in the sentence: Swathed about his forehead, and hanging down over his face, so low as to be shaken by his breath, Mr. Hooper had on a black veil? Explain how you guess this meaning.
4. How would you interpret this scene between Mr. Hooper and the corpse?
The afternoon service was attended with similar circumstances. At its conclusion, the bell tolled for the funeral of a young lady. The relatives and friends were assembled in the house, and the more distant acquaintances stood about the door, speaking of the good qualities of the deceased, when their talk was interrupted by the appearance of Mr. Hooper, still covered with his black veil. It was now an appropriate emblem. The clergyman stepped into the room where the corpse was laid, and bent over the coffin, to take a last farewell of his deceased parishioner. As he stooped, the veil hung straight down from his forehead, so that, if her eyelids had not been closed forever, the dead maiden might have seen his face. Could Mr. Hooper be fearful of her glance, that he so hastily caught back the black veil? A person, who watched the interview between the dead and living, scrupled not to affirm, that, at the instant when the clergyman’s features were disclosed, the corpse had slightly shuddered, rustling the shroud and muslin cap, though the countenance retained the composure of death.
5. What flaws in the community might Hawthorne be pointing out by mentioning the supersticious old woman?
6. What does the snatching away of the veil symbolize in the context?
7. Read this fragment
“Why do you look back?” said one in the procession to his partner.
“I had a fancy,” replied she, “that the minister and the maiden’s spirit were walking hand in hand.”
“And so had I, at the same moment,” said the other.
What might this vision of the minister and the maiden’s spirit symbolize?
8. Why does Mr. Hooper run away from the wedding reception? What does the narrator mean when he says “For the Earth, too, had on her Black Veil”?
9. Whay doesn’t anyone ask Mr. Hooper directly why he wears the veil?
10. The deputation defers the matter to the synod not because it is “too weighty” but because they see Hooper’s veil as a “symbol of a fearful secret between him and them.” What do you think this secret might be, based on the story so far?
11. Why does Elizabeth say he should remove the veil?