The Scarlet Letter Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the "grim, ugly-eyed old man" who recognizes Pearl?
(a) The old jailer.
(b) Hester's former husband.
(c) Her father.
(d) The old governor.

2. Which of the following is NOT used by the narrator to describe Pearl in Chapter 21?
(a) Bird-like.
(b) Effervescent.
(c) Dour.
(d) Gem-like.

3. Next to whom is Hester Prynne eventually buried?
(a) Pearl.
(b) No one--she is buried alone.
(c) Chillingworth, her husband.
(d) Dimmesdale.

4. Dimmesdale's voice is compared to what natural phenomenon in Chapter 23?
(a) Patter of raindrops on the roof.
(b) Twisting branches of a dead oak.
(c) Swelling waves of the sea.
(d) Surging wind of the coast.

5. With what kind of natural objects has Pearl decorated herself in Chapter 18?
(a) Wildflowers.
(b) Maple leaves.
(c) Seashells.
(d) Sand and driftwood.

6. Who, in the procession, "exhibited such energy as was seen in the gait and air"?
(a) Pearl.
(b) Wilson.
(c) Dimmesdale.
(d) Chillingworth.

7. While she is playing, Pearl makes a little boat out of what?
(a) Birch bark.
(b) Acorns.
(c) Sea weed.
(d) Sand dollars.

8. This group in the procession referred to in the title of Chapter 22 was showing "a stamp of majesty that made the warrior's haughty stride look vulgar"?
(a) The soldiers.
(b) The public officials.
(c) The musicians.
(d) The sailors.

9. What is Dimmesdale's "own red stigma"?
(a) His guilt.
(b) Pearl.
(c) A scarlet letter he wears underneath his jacket.
(d) An "A" carved in his chest.

10. In what month does this "obscure night" take place in Chapter 12?
(a) January.
(b) May.
(c) August.
(d) November.

11. Why, according to Pearl, does sunshine "run away and hide itself" from Hester?
(a) Because of her long gray dress.
(b) Because of her fair skin.
(c) Because of the scarlet letter.
(d) Because of the foliage.

12. Who, according to the narrator, is at the "head of the social system" in Puritan times?
(a) Governors.
(b) Doctors.
(c) Witches.
(d) Clergy.

13. What marks particular attendants of the holiday as members of their forest settlements?
(a) Their long hair.
(b) Their rough speech.
(c) Their scarlet F's.
(d) Their deer-skin clothing.

14. Which of the following is NOT an explanation for Dimmesdale's "red stigma"?
(a) Hester put it there.
(b) The minister did it to himself.
(c) Chillingworth did it.
(d) God did it.

15. What is the holiday referred to in the title of Chapter 21?
(a) The arrival of the new governor.
(b) Halloween.
(c) Easter.
(d) The birth of the new prince.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Dimmesdale exclaims, "O Thou to whom I dare not life mine eyes," whom is he addressing?

2. Whom does Dimmesdale call up to join him in front of everyone?

3. In Chapter 14, the narrator symbolized the truth by what?

4. Why do Hester and Dimmesdale chose the place they do to escape to?

5. What does Hester threaten to do at the end of Chapter 14?

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