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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. With what kind of natural objects has Pearl decorated herself in Chapter 18?
(a) Sand and driftwood.
(b) Maple leaves.
(c) Seashells.
(d) Wildflowers.

2. Where have Hester and Dimmesdale decided would be the best place to escape to?
(a) An Indian settlement.
(b) Europe.
(c) The American South.
(d) Salem.

3. Who are the "rough-looking desperadoes, with sun-blackened faces" at the holiday in Chapter 21?
(a) Englishmen.
(b) Puritans.
(c) Indians.
(d) Sailors.

4. Dimmesdale learns that he is preach what important sermon?
(a) Chillingworth's funeral sermon.
(b) The Election sermon.
(c) Hester's marriage sermon.
(d) The Inauguration sermon.

5. Pearl recognizes a man in the procession who did what?
(a) Gave her a red rose from his garden.
(b) Visited Hester and her in jail.
(c) Stole money from Hester.
(d) Kissed her by the brook.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Its ranks were filled with gentlemen, who felt the stirrings of martial impulse" describes which group of men in the procession referred to in the title of Chapter 22?

2. What does Hester tell Dimmesdale about Chillingworth in Chapter 17?

3. What is the title of Chapter 18?

4. Who in the audience taunts Hester and Pearl at the appearance of Dimmesdale?

5. Which of the following is NOT an explanation for Dimmesdale's "red stigma"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do Hester and Pearl gather with other townspeople at the beginning of Chapter 21?

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

6. Why will Hester and Dimmesdale have to head back to Europe, instead of moving somewhere more rural or remote?

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

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

9. According to the narrator, what appeared to be Dimmesdale's subject, in his sermon in Chapter 23?

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

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