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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. Why is Pearl's mother questioned about whether or not she should have custody of the baby?
2. The following description of someone's eyes in Chapter 10 refers to which character: "burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace....like one of those gleams of ghastly fire"?
3. Who is the patient referred to in the title of Chapter 10?
4. While his health is failing, Dimmesdale has achieved what in his profession?
5. How old is the baby in Hester's arms when we first see her?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Hawthorne promise to "alter or expunge"?
2. In Chapter 2, why might it be Mistress Hibbins who would be in the jail?
3. What does the governor think about Hester as a mother?
4. Name one of the two reasons Hawthorne suspects that the plant standing outside the prison survived.
5. Why does Dimmesdale not see through Chillingworth and understand his true (nefarious) agenda, according to the narrator in Chapter 10?
6. Why is Hester standing before the townsfolk in the beginning of the novel?
7. What kind of skill does Hester use to support herself?
8. What is Hawthorne's emotional state in the preface?
9. What is Dimmesdale's argument for keeping Hester and Pearl together?
10. What has happened to the original spirit of the town of Salem, as in, to the legacy of the original founders?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One way that Hawthorne has structured this novel is symmetrical, with sets of mirror images radiating from a central chapter. Offering at least one example of this kind of symmetry, as well as examples of Hawthorne's reliance on "mirror images" or opposites for other purposes of this narrative, analyze the structure of this novel. You may want to concentrate on the very beginning of the narrative proper, the middle, and the very end to establish you clear vision of the "shape" or structure of the narrative.
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
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.
This section contains 865 words
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