Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Hawthorne metaphorically refer to the United States government in "The Custom House"?
2. Hawthorne surmises that if there were a Papist in the crowd, whom would Hester remind him of?
3. What are the spikes on the door to the jail made of?
4. Where does Chillingworth take up residence?
5. Chapter 6 is named after which character?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Where does Dimmesdale go at the beginning of Chapter 12, and why?
3. Why is "The Leech" an appropriate and significant name for this chapter?
4. How is Chillingworth able to see what Dimmesdale is hiding on his body?
5. Why does Dimmesdale not see through Chillingworth and understand his true (nefarious) agenda, according to the narrator in Chapter 10?
6. How does Hawthorne describe the inhabitants of Boston?
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. What kinds of thoughts occur to Dimmesdale when he sees a deacon on the way home in Chapter 20 and why?
9. Describe the door to the jail.
10. Many people pass Dimmesdale by in this chapter; why are so many people up so late and walking about?
One major set of symbols in this work has to do with an interplay of the supernatural and the natural, both of which express various emotions or meanings at particular times in the book. Incorporating at least three examples from each category (three examples of the natural and three of the supernatural), define these concepts in terms of Hawthorne's novel, and interpret your examples in a comparative manner to show how they function in helping Hawthorne's narrator tell this story.
Much of the emotional struggle in this novel comes from a tension between public shame and private guilt. In an analytical essay, explain what each of these terms means in the scope of this novel, and how Hawthorne dramatizes each idea. Be sure to interpret them in terms of the fictional elements (characterization, setting, plot action, mood, etc.) Hawthorne uses to demonstrate them.
Hawthorne plays with the notion of a happy ending near the end of the novel, teasing the reader with the notion that Dimmesdale and Hester might indeed live out a happily-ever-after ending. Consider the fates of the three major characters (Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth) and argue whether they experienced a happy ending or not. Be sure to use comparative analysis and textual examples.
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