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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Hester's work is seen everywhere with the exception of:
(a) In church.
(b) On babies.
(c) At funerals.
(d) At weddings.

2. What color is the thread that embroiders the scarlet letter?
(a) Silver.
(b) Black.
(c) Gold.
(d) Red.

3. According to the narrator, what is the first thing that Pearl noticed, as a baby?
(a) Hester's long black hair.
(b) Her own curls.
(c) Seashells.
(d) The scarlet letter.

4. Where does Chillingworth take up residence?
(a) With Dimmesdale, at the rectory.
(b) In the same rooming house as Dimmesdale.
(c) At the Governor's.
(d) With Mistress Hibbins.

5. What symbol of the United States hands in front of the Custom-House?
(a) An eagle.
(b) Uncle Sam.
(c) Apple pie.
(d) The stars and stripes.

6. What is the name of the grave-yard Hawthorne mentions in his discussion of his ancestors?
(a) Salem Cemetery.
(b) Old Church burial-ground.
(c) Charter Street burial-ground.
(d) Town Cemetery.

7. Hawthorne surmises that if there were a Papist in the crowd, whom would Hester remind him of?
(a) Mary Magdalene.
(b) The pope.
(c) The Virgin Mary.
(d) Mother Theresa.

8. Chillingworth has a degree from a university in which country?
(a) Italy.
(b) France.
(c) Holland.
(d) Germany.

9. How does Hawthorne metaphorically refer to the United States government in "The Custom House"?
(a) Washington.
(b) Uncle Sam.
(c) The golden eagle.
(d) Big brother.

10. What does Pearl desperately desire from the governor's garden?
(a) A cabbage.
(b) A rose.
(c) A tulip.
(d) A pumpkin.

11. What color is Hester's hair?
(a) Red.
(b) Blond.
(c) Gray.
(d) Dark.

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

13. Who was the father of the Custom-House?
(a) Hawthorne's grandfather.
(b) Uncle Sam.
(c) The permanent Inspector.
(d) General Miller.

14. What is the title of the first chapter?
(a) The Prison-Door.
(b) Gaol-Door Rock.
(c) TheJail-Door.
(d) The Prison Rose.

15. Which character says, ironically, "why should a wretched man, guilty, we will say, of murder, prefer to keep the dead corpse buried in his own heart, rather than fling it forth at once"?
(a) Hester.
(b) Chillingworth.
(c) Dimmesdale.
(d) Wilson.

Short Answer Questions

1. The tone of this preface is best described as...

2. What is the shape of the hats worn in the "throng"?

3. Who, in Chapter 5, is referred to as "the figure, the body, the reality of sin?"

4. Which man in at the governor's argues that Hester should be allowed to keep Pearl?

5. What is the health problem wrong with Dimmesdale?

(see the answer keys)

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