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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. Where have Hester and Dimmesdale decided would be the best place to escape to?
2. While she is playing, Pearl makes a little boat out of what?
3. In Chapter 14, the narrator symbolized the truth by what?
4. Hester says that Pearl is "strange" and what at first?
5. Where does Dimmesdale imagine a "scarlet token?"
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Chillingworth attempt to stop Hester and Pearl from joining Dimmesdale on the scaffold?
2. Where does Dimmesdale go at the beginning of Chapter 12, and why?
3. When Dimmesdale refuses to travel and quit his post as minister, how does Hester change his mind?
4. Why does Hester say that Dimmesdale should travel somewhere, "whether in some remote village or in vast London, [...] in Germany, in France," etc?
5. Many people pass Dimmesdale by in this chapter; why are so many people up so late and walking about?
6. 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?
7. Why do Hester and Pearl gather with other townspeople at the beginning of Chapter 21?
8. Why does Hester's heart sink when she sees Dimmesdale in the procession during the public holiday?
9. How does Hawthorne describe Dimmesdale, either physically or emotionally, at the beginning of Chapter 13?
10. In Chapter 14, why is Chillingworth in the woods?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Much of the emotional struggle in this novel comes from a tension between public shame and private guilt. In an analytical essay, explain what each of these terms means in the scope of this novel, and how Hawthorne dramatizes each idea. Be sure to interpret them in terms of the fictional elements (characterization, setting, plot action, mood, etc.) Hawthorne uses to demonstrate them.
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