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The Scarlet Letter Chapters 1-12 Test

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Multiple choice test on first 12 chapters of The Scarlet Letter.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Hester has embroidered what symbol onto her dress?
    • A. 

      Scarlet letter A

    • B. 

      Bird for freedom

    • C. 

      A rose blossom

    • D. 

      A round pearl

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      In another city in the colony of Massachusetts

    • B. 

      Within the city of Boston

    • C. 

      On the outskirts of Boston

    • D. 

      With Roger Chillingworth

  • 3. 
    How does Hester earn a living?
    • A. 

      By growing crops

    • B. 

      By healing other people

    • C. 

      By her needlework

    • D. 

      By selling wood in Boston

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      The rosebush

    • B. 

      Hester

    • C. 

      The scarlet letter on Hester's chest

    • D. 

      The inside of a prison cell

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      That sin made her

    • B. 

      That she was blucked off of a rose bush

    • C. 

      That Hester and Dimmesdale made her

    • D. 

      That God made her

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Hester

    • B. 

      Dimmesdale

    • C. 

      Chillingworth

    • D. 

      Pearl

  • 7. 
    In what century is the story of Hester Prynne set?
    • A. 

      The 1600's

    • B. 

      The 1700's

    • C. 

      The 1800's

    • D. 

      The 1900's

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is a method Dimmesdale uses to punish himself for his sins?
    • A. 

      Scourging or whipping

    • B. 

      Fasting

    • C. 

      Vigils (extended periods of wakefulness and/or prayer)

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    How long did Hester have to stand on the scaffold?
    • A. 

      An hour

    • B. 

      Five hours

    • C. 

      One day

    • D. 

      Three hours

  • 10. 
    What alias did Hester's husband take?
    • A. 

      Roger Prynne

    • B. 

      Roger Chillingworth

    • C. 

      Roger Hamilton

    • D. 

      Roger Frederickson

  • 11. 
    What physical deformity did Hester's husband have?
    • A. 

      He was missing a foot

    • B. 

      One shoulder was higher than the other

    • C. 

      He was missing three fingers

    • D. 

      His nose was extremely crooked

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      On his forehead

    • B. 

      None of these

    • C. 

      Over his mouth

    • D. 

      Over his heart

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      On his robes

    • B. 

      On his Bible

    • C. 

      On his hat

    • D. 

      Over his heart

  • 14. 
    What does the scarlet letter look like?
    • A. 

      Very plain and severe, like most Puritan decorations

    • B. 

      Artistically done, with elaborate embroidery and flourishes of gold thread

    • C. 

      A plain A, twined with a thorny rosebush

    • D. 

      Small and understated, so that it blends into Hester's dress

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Much younger than she

    • B. 

      Her soul mate

    • C. 

      Much older than she

    • D. 

      The minister of the town of Salem

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      Being reasonable about their justice

    • B. 

      Following the principles of religious forgiveness

    • C. 

      Proclaiming its own smug self-righteousness

    • D. 

      Promising redemption at her death

  • 17. 
    "He was small in stature, with a furrowed visage which, as yet, could hardly be termed aged."  Here the word visage means
    • A. 

      Mind

    • B. 

      Visor

    • C. 

      Face

    • D. 

      Hood

  • 18. 
    "Yet these thoughts affected Hester Prynne less with hope than apprehension."  Here the word apprehension means
    • A. 

      Faith

    • B. 

      Understanding

    • C. 

      Anxiety

    • D. 

      Surrender

  • 19. 
    "After a brief space, the convulsion grew almost imperceptible, and finally subsided . . ."  Here the word impreceptible means
    • A. 

      Unmanageable

    • B. 

      Violent

    • C. 

      Senseless

    • D. 

      Unnoticeable

  • 20. 
    "Like all that pertains to crime, [the jail] never seemed to have known a youthful era."  Here the phrase pertains to means
    • A. 

      Concerns

    • B. 

      Inclines

    • C. 

      Seems

    • D. 

      Explains

  • 21. 
    • A. 

      Awkwardness

    • B. 

      Wickedness

    • C. 

      Sacredness

    • D. 

      Ignorance