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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. The title of Chapter 5 refers to what?
(a) Hester's love life.
(b) Hester's guilt.
(c) Hester's work.
(d) Hester's past.

2. Where is Hester when she and Pearl are examined by the doctor?
(a) At the doctor's office.
(b) At the governor's mansion.
(c) In jail.
(d) In church.

3. Where was Reverend Dimmesdale trained in religion?
(a) Cambridge.
(b) Oxford.
(c) Princeton.
(d) Harvard.

4. What is the shape of the hats worn in the "throng"?
(a) Steeple.
(b) Derby.
(c) Cone.
(d) Pillbox.

5. Who is described as a/an "intolerant brood?"
(a) The Dutch.
(b) The Puritans.
(c) The governor's family.
(d) The Indians.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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"?

2. Hawthorne surmises that if there were a Papist in the crowd, whom would Hester remind him of?

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

4. Which man in at the governor's argues that Hester should be allowed to keep Pearl?

5. The following description of clothing belongs to which community leader: "a dark feather in his hat, a border of embroidery on his cloak, and a black velvet tunic beneath"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Chillingworth able to see what Dimmesdale is hiding on his body?

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

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

4. How does Hawthorne describe the inhabitants of Boston?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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