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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. With what kind of natural objects has Pearl decorated herself in Chapter 18?
2. Dimmesdale learns that he is preach what important sermon?
3. According to Hester in Chapter 16, where does she tell Pearl she got the scarlet letter?
4. What marks particular attendants of the holiday as members of their forest settlements?
5. What does Dimmesdale tell Chillingworth while he is writing the sermon is Chapter 20?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why, at the end of the book, is Hester making a baby garment?
2. Why will Hester and Dimmesdale have to head back to Europe, instead of moving somewhere more rural or remote?
3. 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?
4. Why, in Chapter 18, does Hester remove the scarlet letter and fling it into a brook?
5. In Chapter 13, Hawthorne says that some people would think that Hester's scarlet letter stands for "Able." Why?
6. Where does Dimmesdale go at the beginning of Chapter 12, and why?
7. Why does Hester go to meet Dimmesdale in the woods?
8. In Chapter 16, Hester changes her story to Pearl about the significance of the scarlet letter. What does she say about the letter in Chapter 16?
9. What does Pearl do with the seaweed she finds, and what does it show about her as a character?
10. Describe the three suspected causes of the "A" carved into Dimmesdale's chest.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The mood and tone of this work is dark, which is largely achieved through its setting in Puritan New England. Discuss the various ways Hawthorne achieves the uncanny mood and tone in this novel, including but not limited to: his use of witchcraft and the supernatural, his use of light/dark imagery, his use of "Nature" and natural objects, etc.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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