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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 proclaim his guilt in public.
(b) To stand side by side with Hester.
(c) To shame Hester.
(d) To trick Chillingworth.

2. How long did it take before Chillingworth died?
(a) Less than a year.
(b) Immediately after Dimmesdale.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Five years.

3. What facial expression of Chillingworth displays his true malice, which the narrator calls "his blackness" in Chapter 14?
(a) A shrug.
(b) A smile.
(c) A wink.
(d) A grimace.

4. What does Hester threaten to do at the end of Chapter 14?
(a) Reveal the name of her lover.
(b) Kill herself.
(c) Betray Chillingworth's identity.
(d) Escape Boston.

5. What does Hester mean when she says "Thou shalt not go alone" at the end of Chapter 17?
(a) That she will send Pearl with Dimmesdale.
(b) That Chillingworth will follow Dimmesdale.
(c) That Dimmesdale should not leave.
(d) That she will run away with Dimmesdale.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the holiday referred to in the title of Chapter 21?

2. Where is the ship the Spanish Main sailing?

3. Who is the "grim, ugly-eyed old man" who recognizes Pearl?

4. Where does Dimmesdale hold his hand often throughout the novel?

5. What metal is the previously mentioned book and pen associated with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Hawthorne describe Pearl, in Chapter 19, as a "living hieroglyphic."

4. When Hester calls for Pearl to come to her in Chapter 19, Pearl will not move from her spot in the woods. What prevents her from going to her mother?

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

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

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

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

9. What kinds of thoughts occur to Dimmesdale when he sees a deacon on the way home in Chapter 20 and why?

10. Why does Hester's heart sink when she sees Dimmesdale in the procession during the public holiday?

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