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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. How does Hawthorne metaphorically refer to the United States government in "The Custom House"?
(a) Big brother.
(b) Uncle Sam.
(c) Washington.
(d) The golden eagle.

2. Hawthorne surmises that if there were a Papist in the crowd, whom would Hester remind him of?
(a) The Virgin Mary.
(b) Mother Theresa.
(c) Mary Magdalene.
(d) The pope.

3. What are the spikes on the door to the jail made of?
(a) Iron.
(b) Bronze.
(c) Seashell.
(d) Wood.

4. Where does Chillingworth take up residence?
(a) In the same rooming house as Dimmesdale.
(b) At the Governor's.
(c) With Mistress Hibbins.
(d) With Dimmesdale, at the rectory.

5. Chapter 6 is named after which character?
(a) Pearl.
(b) Hester.
(c) Dimmesdale.
(d) Chillingworth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose voice is "tremulously sweet, rich, deep and broken?"

2. Whose widow is Mistress Hibbins?

3. Where was Hester's "happy infancy and stainless maidenhood?"

4. The title of Chapter 9 ("The Leech") refers to which character?

5. What is the "pedestal of infamy?"

Short Essay Questions

1. When Hester calls for Pearl to come to her in Chapter 19, Pearl will not move from her spot in the woods. What prevents her from going to her mother?

2. Where does Dimmesdale go at the beginning of Chapter 12, and why?

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

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

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

6. How does Hawthorne describe the inhabitants of Boston?

7. How does the narrator describe the public officials in Chapter 22, many of whom were real historical figures (figures such as Bradstreet, Endicott, etc.)?

8. What kinds of thoughts occur to Dimmesdale when he sees a deacon on the way home in Chapter 20 and why?

9. Describe the door to the jail.

10. Many people pass Dimmesdale by in this chapter; why are so many people up so late and walking about?

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