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?
Some critics might characterize parts of this work as feminist, particularly considering the role of Hester Prynne vis-a-vis her interactions with Governor Bellingham and the other public officials who want to take Pearl away from her. Argue this point in an analytical essay: does this particular sequence in the novel represent a feminist approach to custody? Decide whether you think so or not, and construct a well-reasoned argument that makes use of specific textual examples. (Note: there is no "right" answer: you can argue yes, no or maybe, as long as you construct a textual argument with specific and precise reasoning.)
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.
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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