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

2. How does the narrator characterize Dimmesdale's sermon?
(a) The narrator neither praises nor diminshes it.
(b) The narrator ignores it.
(c) The narrator exhalts it.
(d) The narrator disparages it.

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

4. Who is mentioned in Chapter 13 as a "foundress of a religious sect?"
(a) Hutichison.
(b) Hibbins.
(c) Mother Theresa.
(d) Bradstreet.

5. When Pearl repeatedly asks Hester what the letter stand for, what does Hester tell her in Chapter 15?
(a) She says it stands for Adultry
(b) She says it is a witch's mark.
(c) She says it stands for Able.
(d) She does not give an answer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Dimmesdale set out to meet?

2. What suggests that Pearl will have a child of her own at the end of the novel?

3. Who are the "rough-looking desperadoes, with sun-blackened faces" at the holiday in Chapter 21?

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

5. What does Hester threaten to do at the end of Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. When Dimmesdale refuses to travel and quit his post as minister, how does Hester change his mind?

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

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 13, Hawthorne says that some people would think that Hester's scarlet letter stands for "Able." Why?

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

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