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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. What is the title of Chapter 3?
(a) The Recognizance.
(b) The Meeting.
(c) The Resistance.
(d) The Recognition.

2. What is Hester delivering to the governor's house when she goes there in Chapter 7?
(a) Bonnets.
(b) Gloves.
(c) A scarf.
(d) Lace.

3. The tone of this preface is best described as...
(a) Arch.
(b) Remorseful.
(c) Angry.
(d) Sad.

4. What symbol of the United States hands in front of the Custom-House?
(a) The stars and stripes.
(b) Uncle Sam.
(c) An eagle.
(d) Apple pie.

5. By what moniker does Hawthorne name the Custom-House building itself?
(a) Regal Apartment.
(b) Old Manse.
(c) Venerated Palace.
(d) Big House.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hawthorne find in a "mysterious package" in the Custom-House?

2. What are the spikes on the door to the jail made of?

3. Which description does not apply to Dimmesdale?

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

5. Which character is described as having a "wildflower prettiness?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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"?

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

7. Describe the door to the jail.

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

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

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

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