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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The title of Chapter 8 is the what and "the Minister?"
(a) The Minstrel and the Minister.
(b) The Elf-Child and the Minister.
(c) The Elfin and the Minister.
(d) The Miniature and the Minstrel.

2. Hawthorne utterly disclaims what kind of motives?
(a) Spiritual and political.
(b) Petty and partisan.
(c) Personal, legal and moral.
(d) Personal and politcal.

3. Why is Pearl's mother questioned about whether or not she should have custody of the baby?
(a) Because of her sin.
(b) Because Hester has a drinking problem.
(c) Because Pearl is acting out in school.
(d) Because Pearl is hanging out with a bad crowd.

4. What prominent wild plant grows just outside the door to the jail?
(a) A weeping willow.
(b) Dandelions.
(c) A rose bush.
(d) Lilacs.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which political party does Hawthorne belong?

2. What color is Hester's hair?

3. Hawthorne surmises that if there were a Papist in the crowd, whom would Hester remind him of?

4. How does Hester dress her daughter?

5. Chillingworth has a degree from a university in which country?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of skill does Hester use to support herself?

2. Of all the finery in the governor's mansion, what does Pearl cry for most of all?

3. Name one of the two reasons Hawthorne suspects that the plant standing outside the prison survived.

4. Describe the people referred to as the five in the following quotation: "If the hussy stood for judgment before us five, that are now here in a knot together"?

5. What kind of plant stands outside the prison, offering a contrast in color and form? Describe what the narrator says about it.

6. What are some examples of Chillingworth's growing power over Dimmesdale?

7. Why does Hawthorne decide to republish the offending introduction?

8. Describe what Hawthorne's narrator thinks of Reverend Dimmesdale's voice.

9. What is Dimmesdale's argument for keeping Hester and Pearl together?

10. Why is "The Leech" an appropriate and significant name for this chapter?

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