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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. Dimmesdale's voice is compared to what natural phenomenon in Chapter 23?
(a) Surging wind of the coast.
(b) Patter of raindrops on the roof.
(c) Swelling waves of the sea.
(d) Twisting branches of a dead oak.

2. Where does Dimmesdale imagine a "scarlet token?"
(a) On Hester.
(b) On his forehead.
(c) On his chest.
(d) On Pearl.

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

4. According to the narrator, which of the following has NOT been one of Hester's "teachers"?
(a) Shame.
(b) Despair.
(c) Solitude.
(d) Guilt.

5. In what month does this "obscure night" take place in Chapter 12?
(a) November.
(b) January.
(c) August.
(d) May.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Dimmesdale's "own red stigma"?

2. What had Dimmesdale been doing to himself?

3. Hester is a self-ordained what?

4. What is the title of Chapter 20?

5. Who inherited money and property from Chillingworth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chillingworth attempt to stop Hester and Pearl from joining Dimmesdale on the scaffold?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why, in Chapter 18, does Hester remove the scarlet letter and fling it into a brook?

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

(see the answer keys)

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