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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. When Dimmesdale exclaims, "O Thou to whom I dare not life mine eyes," whom is he addressing?
2. What is the title of Chapter 17?
(a) The Pastor and the Thief.
(b) The Pastor and His Parish.
(c) The Pastor and His Lover.
(d) The Pastor and His Parishoner.
3. Despite his triumph in delivering the sermon in Chapter 23, how does Dimmesdale appear?
(a) "Feeble and pale."
(b) "Hale and hearty."
(c) "Wanton and wan."
(d) "Delicate and forlorn."
4. What does Chillingworth say in Chapter 14 the town council has been debating?
(a) Whether to exile Hester from Boston.
(b) Whether to take away the scarlet letter.
(c) Whether to arrest Hester again.
(d) Whether to take away Pearl from Hester.
5. What suggests that Pearl will have a child of her own at the end of the novel?
(a) Pearl's stomach is large.
(b) Hester calls herself "Grandma Hester."
(c) Pearl has gotten married quickly.
(d) Hester is sewing infant clothes.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is mentioned in Chapter 13 as a "foundress of a religious sect?"
2. Why will Pearl not come to Hester in Chapter 19?
3. What is Dimmesdale's "own red stigma"?
4. Why, according to Pearl, does sunshine "run away and hide itself" from Hester?
5. According to the narrator, which of the following has NOT been one of Hester's "teachers"?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why will Hester and Dimmesdale have to head back to Europe, instead of moving somewhere more rural or remote?
3. Why does Chillingworth attempt to stop Hester and Pearl from joining Dimmesdale on the scaffold?
4. How does Hawthorne describe Dimmesdale, either physically or emotionally, at the beginning of Chapter 13?
5. Why do Hester and Pearl gather with other townspeople at the beginning of Chapter 21?
6. Describe the three suspected causes of the "A" carved into Dimmesdale's chest.
7. Why does Hawthorne describe Pearl, in Chapter 19, as a "living hieroglyphic."
8. According to the narrator, what appeared to be Dimmesdale's subject, in his sermon in Chapter 23?
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. Many people pass Dimmesdale by in this chapter; why are so many people up so late and walking about?
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