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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. Which character is described as having a "wildflower prettiness?"
(a) Pearl.
(b) Hester.
(c) Chillingworth.
(d) Hibbins.

2. What is NOT one of the possible crimes mentioned in this Chapter 2, as a reason people might flock to the prison?
(a) Murder.
(b) Undutiful child.
(c) Sluggish bond servant.
(d) Religious heterodoxy.

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

4. Who is with the governor when Hester visits his house to deliver something?
(a) Dimmesdale, Chillingworth and Hibbins.
(b) Wilson, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth.
(c) Lee, Chillingworth, and Dimmesdale.
(d) Wilson and Dimmesdale.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. One person suggest that Hester should have an iron brand burned where?

2. Where is Hester when she and Pearl are examined by the doctor?

3. What distinguishes the men in the "throng" at the beginning of thChapter 1?

4. What is one of Chillingworth's distinguishing physical features?

5. Why does Hester stay in New England?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dimmesdale not see through Chillingworth and understand his true (nefarious) agenda, according to the narrator in Chapter 10?

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

3. Describe the door to the jail.

4. Does Hawthorne, in the end, decide to change anything?

5. What does Hawthorne promise to "alter or expunge"?

6. How does Hawthorne describe the inhabitants of Boston?

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

8. How is Chillingworth able to see what Dimmesdale is hiding on his body?

9. What does Chillingworth implore Hester to do when they meet in the jail?

10. What does Hester refuse to do during this chapter 3, despite pressure from her neighbors?

(see the answer keys)

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