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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. From which city is this preface written?
(a) New York.
(b) London.
(c) Salem.
(d) Boston.

2. What is one of Chillingworth's distinguishing physical features?
(a) He is missing most of the toes on his left foot.
(b) He is lame in his right leg.
(c) His left eye droops.
(d) One of his shoulders is higher than the other.

3. At the governor's house when the men are debating Hester's custody, what does one of them say Pearl should have been named?
(a) Ruby, Coral or Red Rose.
(b) Pinkie, Cora or Rosa.
(c) Ruby, Scarlet or Roseanna.
(d) Scarlet, Rose or Diamond.

4. Whom do Dimmesdale and Chillingworth see out the window at the end of Chapter 10?
(a) Just Pearl.
(b) Their own reflections.
(c) Hester and Pearl.
(d) Just Hester.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the health problem wrong with Dimmesdale?

3. Who is the patient referred to in the title of Chapter 10?

4. In which year was this preface written?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Hawthorne's emotional state in the preface?

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

5. Why is Hester standing before the townsfolk in the beginning of the novel?

6. As the relationship between Chillingworth and Dimmesdale develops in Chapter 9, what do the townspeople begin to suspect about Dimmesdale and why?

7. What happens to Hester when the jailer introduces Chillingworth?

8. Describe the setting Hawthorne describes of the busy wharf.

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

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

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