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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. Whose name does the doctor want Hester to reveal?
(a) The name of her husband.
(b) The name of the witch.
(c) The name of her child.
(d) The name of her lover.

2. Which political party does Hawthorne belong?
(a) Bull Moose.
(b) Republican.
(c) Tory.
(d) Whig.

3. According to Hawthorne, the reaction could not have been more violent if...?
(a) He had committed adultery.
(b) He had burned down the Custom-House.
(c) He had kidnapped someone.
(d) He had murdered someone.

4. How many years after the founding of Boston does Chapter 1 take place?
(a) Approximately 15 or 20.
(b) Approximately 50 or 60.
(c) Approximately 150 or more.
(d) Approximately 90 or 100.

5. The following description of clothing belongs to which community leader: "a dark feather in his hat, a border of embroidery on his cloak, and a black velvet tunic beneath"?
(a) Wilson.
(b) Dimmesdale.
(c) Lee.
(d) Bellingham.

Short Answer Questions

1. Against whom is Hawthorne alleged to harbor a "peculiar malevolence"?

2. How old is the baby in Hester's arms when we first see her?

3. The "public disapprobation" refers to...?

4. Where was Reverend Dimmesdale trained in religion?

5. In what point of view is "The Custom House" written?

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

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

4. How does Hawthorne describe the inhabitants of Boston?

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

6. How does Dimmesdale respond to his growing guilt? How does he punish himself?

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

8. When Hester delivers gloves to the governor, what is the other reason for her going there?

9. What does the governor think about Hester as a mother?

10. 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"?

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