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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. Hester's work is seen everywhere with the exception of:
(a) At weddings.
(b) On babies.
(c) In church.
(d) At funerals.

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

3. Which character says, ironically, "why should a wretched man, guilty, we will say, of murder, prefer to keep the dead corpse buried in his own heart, rather than fling it forth at once"?
(a) Hester.
(b) Chillingworth.
(c) Wilson.
(d) Dimmesdale.

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. Which man in at the governor's argues that Hester should be allowed to keep Pearl?
(a) Dimmesdale.
(b) Bellingham.
(c) Wilson.
(d) Chillingworth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is NOT among the crowd shaming Hester?

2. Where has Chillingworth been gathering herbs, when he is asked by the minister in Chapter 10?

3. Who is to wear the thing Hester is delivering to the governor's house?

4. The earliest parts of the colony had been the jail and what other location?

5. The title of Chapter 4, "The Interview," refers to the meeting between which two characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hester refuse to do during this chapter 3, despite pressure from her neighbors?

2. How does Pearl react to other children?

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

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

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

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

7. What has happened to the original spirit of the town of Salem, as in, to the legacy of the original founders?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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