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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. Why is Dimmesdale at the town center Chapter 12?
(a) To shame Hester.
(b) To proclaim his guilt in public.
(c) To stand side by side with Hester.
(d) To trick Chillingworth.

2. What marks particular attendants of the holiday as members of their forest settlements?
(a) Their rough speech.
(b) Their long hair.
(c) Their deer-skin clothing.
(d) Their scarlet F's.

3. Whom does Dimmesdale call up to join him in front of everyone?
(a) Wilson.
(b) Hester.
(c) Chillingworth.
(d) Hester and Pearl.

4. What does Hester fling next to the brook?
(a) Dimmesdale's Bible.
(b) Chillingworth's herbs.
(c) Her bonnet.
(d) Her scarlet letter.

5. Who is the "grim, ugly-eyed old man" who recognizes Pearl?
(a) Hester's former husband.
(b) Her father.
(c) The old jailer.
(d) The old governor.

Short Answer Questions

1. This group in the procession referred to in the title of Chapter 22 was showing "a stamp of majesty that made the warrior's haughty stride look vulgar"?

2. Where does the minister go in the beginning of Chapter 12?

3. Despite his triumph in delivering the sermon in Chapter 23, how does Dimmesdale appear?

4. What does Pearl do when Dimmesdale kisses her?

5. How is Hibbins related to the Governor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What, according to the narrator, enlivened the public holiday with "some diversity of hue?"

3. How does the narrator describe the public officials in Chapter 22, many of whom were real historical figures (figures such as Bradstreet, Endicott, etc.)?

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

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

6. What does Pearl do with the seaweed she finds, and what does it show about her as a character?

7. How does Pearl decorate herself at the end of Chapter 18 differently from how she did in the woods when Hester met Chillingworth?

8. In Chapter 16, Hester changes her story to Pearl about the significance of the scarlet letter. What does she say about the letter in Chapter 16?

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

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

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