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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. The title of Chapter 4, "The Interview," refers to the meeting between which two characters?
2. Why do most Puritans fast, according to the narrator?
3. Who is named as Hester's pastor in Chapter 2?
4. Hester's work is seen everywhere with the exception of:
5. Which character is described as having a "wildflower prettiness?"
Short Essay Questions
1. Why, at the end of the book, is Hester making a baby garment?
2. What are some examples of Chillingworth's growing power over Dimmesdale?
3. What does Hawthorne say the purpose of the eagle is, which hangs in front of the building?
4. How does Hawthorne describe Dimmesdale, either physically or emotionally, at the beginning of Chapter 13?
5. How does Pearl decorate herself at the end of Chapter 18 differently from how she did in the woods when Hester met Chillingworth?
6. In Chapter 2, why might it be Mistress Hibbins who would be in the jail?
7. Describe the door to the jail.
8. What does the governor think about Hester as a mother?
9. In Chapter 14, what does Hester ask of Chillingworth?
10. When Dimmesdale refuses to travel and quit his post as minister, how does Hester change his mind?
Essay Topic 1
One theme of this novel is the competition between science and medicine on the one hand and religion on the other, particularly in terms of someone's physical well-being. Write an essay that describes the theme of sickness, health, and wellness (in terms of both the physical as well as the emotional/mental) that takes into account Hawthorne's dramatizing of a competition between science and medicine.
Essay Topic 2
Despite the dark tone and dour mood of this novel, Hawthorne's narrative voice does offer some levity, irony and humor to lighten the mood at key points in this novel, including the irony in some of the chapter titles. Pick several examples of this irony, other forms of irony, archness/humor, and explain how these examples help lighten the mood.
Essay Topic 3
Community pressure to fit in and conform plays a major role in this narrative, particularly as compared to individual desires, either simply for individuality of expression or desires for things that are not sanctioned by the community. Write an essay that explains how Hawthorne dramatizes the tension between the pressure to conform on one hand and the risk of social stigma on the other. (You may want to pick a character that represents each, as a way to begin this analysis.)
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