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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 is the holiday referred to in the title of Chapter 21?
(a) The arrival of the new governor.
(b) Halloween.
(c) The birth of the new prince.
(d) Easter.

2. Which of the following creatures is not mentioned while Pearl plays on the shore?
(a) Jellyfish.
(b) Lobster.
(c) Horseshoe crab.
(d) Birds.

3. What is the title of Chapter 20?
(a) "The Minister in the Mirror."
(b) "The Minister in a Maze."
(c) "The Minister in the Middle."
(d) "The Mysterious Minister."

4. What is Dimmesdale's "own red stigma"?
(a) An "A" carved in his chest.
(b) Pearl.
(c) His guilt.
(d) A scarlet letter he wears underneath his jacket.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Pearl do when Dimmesdale kisses her?

2. Why will Pearl not come to Hester in Chapter 19?

3. What facial expression of Chillingworth displays his true malice, which the narrator calls "his blackness" in Chapter 14?

4. Why is Dimmesdale at the town center Chapter 12?

5. Where does Dimmesdale imagine a "scarlet token?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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