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) 1800.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1850.
(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) Portrait of the Puritans.
(c) Sketch of official life.
(d) Picture of the colony.

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

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

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

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

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

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