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

2. At the governor's house when the men are debating Hester's custody, what does one of them say Pearl should have been named?
(a) Scarlet, Rose or Diamond.
(b) Pinkie, Cora or Rosa.
(c) Ruby, Scarlet or Roseanna.
(d) Ruby, Coral or Red Rose.

3. Chillingworth is described as which of the following in Chapter 11?
(a) Mage.
(b) Spellcaster.
(c) Warlock.
(d) Magician.

4. Whose name does the doctor want Hester to reveal?
(a) The name of her lover.
(b) The name of her husband.
(c) The name of her child.
(d) The name of the witch.

5. Where was Hester's "happy infancy and stainless maidenhood?"
(a) Salem.
(b) Bustling London.
(c) Rural England.
(d) Amsterdam.

Short Answer Questions

1. The tone of this preface is best described as...

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

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

4. What is the shape of the hats worn in the "throng"?

5. Who is NOT among the crowd shaming Hester?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Hawthorne find alongside the scarlet letter?

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

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

10. Does Hawthorne, in the end, decide to change anything?

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