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

2. In which year was this preface written?
(a) 1800.
(b) 1750.
(c) 1850.
(d) 1950.

3. What are the two non-Puritan sects mentioned in this Chapter 2?
(a) Antimonian, Quaker, and Catholic.
(b) Shaker and Quaker.
(c) Quaker and Catholic.
(d) Antimonian and Quaker.

4. When the doctor gives Hester something to drink, what does she think is in the cup?
(a) Poison.
(b) A truth serum.
(c) Wine.
(d) Water.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What adjective best characterizes the governor's house?

2. What are the "delicate gems" referred to at the end of Chapter 1?

3. What does Pearl desperately desire from the governor's garden?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Hester go to meet Dimmesdale in the woods?

3. In Chapter 2, why might it be Mistress Hibbins who would be in the jail?

4. Describe what Hawthorne's narrator thinks of Reverend Dimmesdale's voice.

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

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

7. Why, at the end of the book, is Hester making a baby garment?

8. What kind of skill does Hester use to support herself?

9. How does Hawthorne describe Dimmesdale, either physically or emotionally, at the beginning of Chapter 13?

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

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