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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After the first group dinner at Blithedale, what does Mr. Foster do while everyone adjourns to the sitting room?
(a) Cobbles an old pair of boots by the kitchen fire.
(b) Sits on the porch and smokes his pipe.
(c) Goes to bed.
(d) Takes out the garbage.

2. Zenobia offers to invent a wild legend one day; how does everyone at Blithedale respond?
(a) Eagerly.
(b) Scared.
(c) Complacently.
(d) Angrily.

3. Who does Coverdale suggest to Hollingsworth that he believes Zenobia to be the sister of?
(a) The Veiled Lady.
(b) Mr. Foster.
(c) Priscilla.
(d) Mrs. Foster.

4. Mr. Hollingsworth finally arrives and Blithedale and brings a young girl, Priscilla; how does she react when she sees Zenobia?
(a) She begins to cry.
(b) She drops to her knees and clasps Zenobia's hand.
(c) She yells and runs away.
(d) She begins to scream.

5. After claiming that she is not positively ill-natured, why does Zenobia decide to be kind to Priscilla?
(a) Because Coverdale and Hollingsworth seem so interested in the girl.
(b) Because she decides she really does like her.
(c) Because she feels bad about her treatment of her.
(d) Because she wants everyone to forgive her.

Short Answer Questions

1. The neighbors of Blithedale gossip that Zenobia and Hollingsworth are lovers; where do they say they plan to erect their home?

2. What are Mrs. Foster and her husband in charge of at Blithedale?

3. What letter does Priscilla bring to Coverdale in his room, along with a nightcap?

4. Why does Coverdale believe the neighbors of Blithedale slander their farming abilities?

5. After Coverdale tells Hollingsworth he does not know if he will ever be a philanthropist, how does Hollingsworth react?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Zenobia compare Coverdale and Hollingsworth?

2. What makes Coverdale think that Zenobia will not be Priscilla's friend for long?

3. What story does Zenobia tell the group at Blithedale in Section 7, Chapter 13?

4. How does Zenobia dramatically conclude her story in Section 7, Chapter 13?

5. What is Hollingsworth's reaction when Coverdale tells him that he does not know if he will ever be a philanthropist?

6. Who likes to spend their Sundays at a rock named Eliot's Pulpit?

7. Who is the man that interrupts Coverdale during his meditative walk?

8. How can Coverdale tell that Zenobia is upset with Hollingsworth in Section 2, Chapter 3?

9. What names does the group at Blithedale consider renaming the community?

10. What is the purpose of those gathered at Blithedale?

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