The Scarlet Letter Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who thinks that Hester's punishment/sentence is too light?
(a) The women of town.
(b) The men of town.
(c) The children of town.
(d) The ministers.

3. What is the shape of the hats worn in the "throng"?
(a) Derby.
(b) Cone.
(c) Steeple.
(d) Pillbox.

4. Which plant is NOT mentioned in Chapter 1?
(a) Milkweed.
(b) Apple-peru.
(c) Burdock.
(d) Pigweed.

5. What does Hawthorne find in a "mysterious package" in the Custom-House?
(a) Hester's diary.
(b) Dimmesdale's diary.
(c) A painting of Hester and Pearl.
(d) The scarlet letter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the title of the first chapter?

2. In what month does Chapter 1 take place?

3. Why does Hawthorne refuse to change what he has written?

4. Who was the father of the Custom-House?

5. How many years after the founding of Boston does Chapter 1 take place?

(see the answer key)

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