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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. Whom does Dimmesdale set out to meet?
2. What is the title of Chapter 18?
3. What is Dimmesdale's "own red stigma"?
4. Where is the ship the Spanish Main sailing?
5. How long did it take before Chillingworth died?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Hester go to meet Dimmesdale in the woods?
2. 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?
3. Why will Hester and Dimmesdale have to head back to Europe, instead of moving somewhere more rural or remote?
4. According to the narrator, what appeared to be Dimmesdale's subject, in his sermon in Chapter 23?
5. What, according to the narrator, enlivened the public holiday with "some diversity of hue?"
6. Why do Hester and Pearl gather with other townspeople at the beginning of Chapter 21?
7. What does Pearl do with the seaweed she finds, and what does it show about her as a character?
8. Many people pass Dimmesdale by in this chapter; why are so many people up so late and walking about?
9. Why, at the end of the book, is Hester making a baby garment?
10. In Chapter 13, Hawthorne says that some people would think that Hester's scarlet letter stands for "Able." Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This novel relies on symbolism to tell its story of psychological torment. Pick several of the major symbols or symbolic systems at work in the novel, describe them in terms of Hawthorne's fictional technique and offer an interpretation of their symbolic meaning on multiple levels.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Offer a compare and contrast essay about the two major male characters in this book, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. Be sure to include analytical description of their looks and physical aspects, their emotional states, their motivations, and their conduct.
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