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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 quiets Pearl in this when she wants something from the governor's garden?
(a) Her nanny.
(b) The appearance of the governor.
(c) Her obedience to Hester.
(d) The gardener gives her what she wants.

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

3. What, at the end of Chapter 11, is the "only truth" for Dimmesdale?
(a) "The anguish in his inmost soul."
(b) "The joy in his beating heart."
(c) "The malice in Chillingworth's eyes."
(d) "The mercy of almightly Heaven."

4. What are the "delicate gems" referred to at the end of Chapter 1?
(a) The ladies in the crowd.
(b) Hester's pearl necklace.
(c) Flowers.
(d) The spikes on the door to the jail.

5. What is the subtitle of "The Custom-House"?
(a) Introductory to <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>.
(b) A Play in Four Acts.
(c) A Novel of Morals.
(d) A Preface.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator describe the former queen of England, Elizabeth I?

2. The following description of someone's eyes in Chapter 10 refers to which character: "burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace....like one of those gleams of ghastly fire"?

3. According to Hawthorne, the reaction could not have been more violent if...?

4. Who thinks that Hester's punishment/sentence is too light?

5. When the doctor gives Hester something to drink, what does she think is in the cup?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hawthorne say that it is ironic that Pearl is such a beautiful child, in Chapter 6?

2. Why does Chillingworth attempt to stop Hester and Pearl from joining Dimmesdale on the scaffold?

3. In Chapter 14, why is Chillingworth in the woods?

4. In Chapter 15, when Pearl asks Hester what the letter stands for, what does Hester reply?

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

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

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

8. Why does Hester say that Dimmesdale should travel somewhere, "whether in some remote village or in vast London, [...] in Germany, in France," etc?

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

10. According to the narrator, what appeared to be Dimmesdale's subject, in his sermon in Chapter 23?

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