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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. Why does Hester stay in New England?
(a) She enjoys whaling.
(b) It is the scene of her crime.
(c) Her family is there.
(d) She enjoys the brisk winter.

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

3. What street runs outside the Custom-House?
(a) High Street.
(b) Main Street.
(c) Derby Street.
(d) Salem Road.

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

5. Chose which of the following best describes the tone in the last sentence of Chapter 1?
(a) Sunny.
(b) Ambivalent.
(c) Bright.
(d) Somber.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Hester at her WHAT" is the title of Chapter 5?

2. What color is Hester's hair?

3. What kind of men are rare in the colony, according to the narrator?

4. Who was the father of the Custom-House?

5. What are the two non-Puritan sects mentioned in this Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Dimmesdale's argument for keeping Hester and Pearl together?

3. What kind of plant stands outside the prison, offering a contrast in color and form? Describe what the narrator says about it.

4. Describe the door to the jail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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