Directions: Answer the question below in complete sentences.


1. Imagine that you are Dr. Heidegger and your experiment is over. Summarize the facts of your experiment and the results. Be sure to answer the following questions:

-What happened?
-Where did it happen?
-To whom did it happen?

Directions: Answer each question in complete sentences. A minimum of two sentences per questions.

1. Hawthorne makes it clear that each of Dr. Heidegger’s ancient (and unlikable) guests represent a particular human vice or weakness. Identify what each character represents. Then, cite at least three details in the story that support your interpretation.

2. The setting of this story is important. What details describing the doctor’s study suggest the supernatural?

3. What is the story behind the painting in Dr. Heidegger’s study? What does the painting suggest about Dr. Heidegger’s motivations for his experiments.

4. During the experiment, what does the mirror reflect? What do you think this mirror symbolizes in the story?

5. At the story’s end, have the guests learned anything from the experiment? How do you know?

6. What does Dr. Heidegger prove by his experiment? What has he learned?

Directions: Answer each question in at least one complete paragraph

1. When Dr. Heidegger kisses the withered rose, he says “I love it as well thus.” What does he mean? How does this statement connect with the moral lesson of the allegory? Answer these questions in a paragraph.

2. Do you agree with Hawthorne’s view of human nature, or do you think most people would use a second chance more wisely? Give at least two good reasons to support your opinion.

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