Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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. 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?
Essay Topic 1
A source of psychological conflict in this novel is the relationship between Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. Using textual examples, write an descriptive analysis of how Hawthorne 1) establishes this relationship, and 2) uses the relationship to develop conflict and drive the engine of the plot. You should be sure to include examples that demonstrate how this relationship intensifies conflict at various spots in the novel.
Essay Topic 2
Hawthorne's preface to this novel claims that he has gotten himself in trouble for an unflattering portrait of the Customs Inspector, yet nonetheless, the novel features many real historical people anyway. Take up one of these real historical persons (for example, Governor Bellingham or Mistress Hibbins) and offer a descriptive analysis of their role in the narrative. How does Hawthorne characterize these real historical people? To what dramatic purposes or fictional ends does he put them alongside the invented characters? Be sure to consider the role these minor characters play in the historical setting of this novel.
Essay Topic 3
Hypocrisy emerges as a major theme of this book. Pick a set of examples (such as one or two of the major characters, or specific chapters/settings/events) that demonstrate the forms of hypocrisy Hawthorne saw in Puritan life, and write an essay that explains them in terms of Hawthorne's criticism of such hypocrisy.
This section contains 1,000 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)