The Scarlet Letter Test | Final 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. What metal is the previously mentioned book and pen associated with?

2. Dimmesdale's voice is compared to what natural phenomenon in Chapter 23?

3. Who inherited money and property from Chillingworth?

4. While she is playing, Pearl makes a little boat out of what?

5. Which of the following is NOT used by the narrator to describe Pearl in Chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kinds of thoughts occur to Dimmesdale when he sees a deacon on the way home in Chapter 20 and why?

2. Many people pass Dimmesdale by in this chapter; why are so many people up so late and walking about?

3. When Dimmesdale refuses to travel and quit his post as minister, how does Hester change his mind?

4. Where does Dimmesdale go at the beginning of Chapter 12, and why?

5. In Chapter 13, Hawthorne says that some people would think that Hester's scarlet letter stands for "Able." Why?

6. How does Pearl decorate herself at the end of Chapter 18 differently from how she did in the woods when Hester met Chillingworth?

7. In Chapter 15, when Pearl asks Hester what the letter stands for, what does Hester reply?

8. In Chapter 14, why is Chillingworth in the woods?

9. What does Pearl do with the seaweed she finds, and what does it show about her as a character?

10. Why will Hester and Dimmesdale have to head back to Europe, instead of moving somewhere more rural or remote?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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