The Scarlet Letter Multiple Choice Test Questions

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1. This preface is the preface to which edition of the novel?
(a) The second.
(b) The first.
(c) The third.
(d) The fourth.

2. In which year was this preface written?
(a) 1850.
(b) 1800.
(c) 1950.
(d) 1750.

3. Hawthorne writes of his surprise and what in the first lines of the preface?
(a) Joy.
(b) Amusement.
(c) Detriment.
(d) Laughter.

4. Hawthorne calls the Custom House a...?
(a) Sketch of old-time Salem.
(b) Picture of the colony.
(c) Sketch of official life.
(d) Portrait of the Puritans.

5. According to Hawthorne, the reaction could not have been more violent if...?
(a) He had kidnapped someone.
(b) He had murdered someone.
(c) He had burned down the Custom-House.
(d) He had committed adultery.

6. The "public disapprobation" refers to...?
(a) Approval.
(b) Criticism.
(c) Praise.
(d) Celebration.

7. Against whom is Hawthorne alleged to harbor a "peculiar malevolence"?
(a) The Governot.
(b) The Custom's Inspector.
(c) His editor.
(d) Hester Prynne.

8. The tone of this preface is best described as...
(a) Remorseful.
(b) Angry.
(c) Sad.
(d) Arch.

9. Why does Hawthorne refuse to change what he has written?
(a) He thinks it is true.
(b) He wants to hurt the victim of his wit.
(c) He enjoys the notoriety.
(d) He has made too much money from it.

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