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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 color is the letter A Pearl fashions for herself out of natural objects ?
(a) Brown.
(b) Red.
(c) Green.
(d) White.

2. Which of the following is NOT used by the narrator to describe Pearl in Chapter 21?
(a) Effervescent.
(b) Gem-like.
(c) Bird-like.
(d) Dour.

3. Who, in the procession, "exhibited such energy as was seen in the gait and air"?
(a) Wilson.
(b) Chillingworth.
(c) Dimmesdale.
(d) Pearl.

4. What suggests that Pearl will have a child of her own at the end of the novel?
(a) Pearl has gotten married quickly.
(b) Hester is sewing infant clothes.
(c) Hester calls herself "Grandma Hester."
(d) Pearl's stomach is large.

5. What metal is the previously mentioned book and pen associated with?
(a) Silver.
(b) Iron.
(c) Bronze.
(d) Gold.

Short Answer Questions

1. John Wilson is described as having what relationship to Dimmesdale?

2. Hester says that Pearl is "strange" and what at first?

3. How does the narrator characterize Dimmesdale's sermon?

4. Pearl recognizes a man in the procession who did what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. How does Hawthorne describe Dimmesdale, either physically or emotionally, at the beginning of Chapter 13?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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