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

2. What is Hester delivering to the governor's house when she goes there in Chapter 7?
(a) A scarf.
(b) Gloves.
(c) Lace.
(d) Bonnets.

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

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

5. Who is to wear the thing Hester is delivering to the governor's house?
(a) The governor himself.
(b) The governor's servants.
(c) The governor's wife.
(d) The governor's daughter.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose name does the doctor want Hester to reveal?

2. Who is NOT among the crowd shaming Hester?

3. While his health is failing, Dimmesdale has achieved what in his profession?

4. What is NOT one of the possible crimes mentioned in this Chapter 2, as a reason people might flock to the prison?

5. Hawthorne utterly disclaims what kind of motives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hawthorne say the purpose of the eagle is, which hangs in front of the building?

2. In Chapter 16, Hester changes her story to Pearl about the significance of the scarlet letter. What does she say about the letter in Chapter 16?

3. Describe the clothing worn by the "throng of bearded men" at the beginning of Chapter 1.

4. In Chapter 13, Hawthorne says that some people would think that Hester's scarlet letter stands for "Able." Why?

5. What, according to the narrator, enlivened the public holiday with "some diversity of hue?"

6. How does Hawthorne describe Dimmesdale, either physically or emotionally, at the beginning of Chapter 13?

7. Why does Chillingworth attempt to stop Hester and Pearl from joining Dimmesdale on the scaffold?

8. When Dimmesdale refuses to travel and quit his post as minister, how does Hester change his mind?

9. In Chapter 2, why might it be Mistress Hibbins who would be in the jail?

10. Why does Hawthorne describe Pearl, in Chapter 19, as a "living hieroglyphic."

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