The Scarlet Letter Comprehension Test

21 Questions
The Scarlet Letter Comprehension Test

This test is a comprehensive test of The Scarlet Letter. Think critically and analytically, ANSWERING ALL QUESTIONS�with the answer that best completes each statement or answers the question. �

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Mark only one answer. Which character committed sexual sin with Hester Prynne?
    • A. 

      Arthur Dimmesdale

    • B. 

      Roger Chillingworth

    • C. 

      Mistress Hibbins

    • D. 

      Governor Bellingham

  • 2. 
    Mark only one answer. What does Hester make for Governor Winthrop?
    • A. 

      A new hat

    • B. 

      A pair of gloves

    • C. 

      A golden threaded shirt

    • D. 

      A bag made of wool and silk

  • 3. 
    Mark only one answer. Which of the following symbols represents Hester's sexual sin?
    • A. 

      The Scarlet Letter

    • B. 

      Arthur Dimmesdale's scourging

    • C. 

      Hester's sewing skills

    • D. 

      Hester's long, flowing hair

  • 4. 
    Mark only one answer. Which of the following does not take place in The Scarlet Letter?
    • A. 

      Hester gives birth to a daughter

    • B. 

      Hester and Dimmesdale run away to a better place

    • C. 

      Chillingworth tortures Dimmesdale

    • D. 

      Mistress Hibbins is reputed to be a witch

  • 5. 
    Mark only one answer. At the end of the novel, what does Pearl to do her father when he confesses his sin at the end of the novel?
    • A. 

      She laughs at him

    • B. 

      She kisses him

    • C. 

      She gives him her hair

    • D. 

      She gives him a scarlet letter

  • 6. 
    Mark only one answer. Roger Chillingworth pretends to be a _____.
    • A. 

      Doctor

    • B. 

      Barber

    • C. 

      Preacher

    • D. 

      Drunkard

  • 7. 
  • 8. 
    What symbol of bright happiness grows outside the jail in which Hester Prynne was imprisoned?
  • 9. 
    Which of the following was conceived outside of marriage?
    • A. 

      Pearl

    • B. 

      Roger Chillingworth

    • C. 

      Mistress Hibbins

    • D. 

      Hester Prynne

  • 10. 
    How does Hester wear her scarlet letter?
    • A. 

      With shame

    • B. 

      With pride and defiance

    • C. 

      With happiness

  • 11. 
    What does the scarlet letter stand for?
    • A. 

      Acrimony

    • B. 

      Attribute

    • C. 

      Indignity

    • D. 

      Adulteress

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Hester Prynne

    • B. 

      Arthur Dimmesdale

    • C. 

      Mistress Hibbins

    • D. 

      Roger Chillingworth

  • 13. 
    How does Arthur Dimmesdale die?
    • A. 

      He dies on the scaffold

    • B. 

      He dies kissing Pearl

    • C. 

      He dies caressing Hester

    • D. 

      He is killed by Roger Chillingworth

  • 14. 
    • A. 

      Radiant light beams over Hester; she has transformed into a new woman

    • B. 

      Pearl runs to Dimmesdale, revealing that he is her true father

    • C. 

      Pearl begins to convulse violently

    • D. 

      The scarlet letter evaporates

  • 15. 
    Which character (not including Hester) is the first to see Hester Prynne's scarlet letter?
    • A. 

      Arthur Dimmesdale

    • B. 

      Pearl

    • C. 

      Mistress Hibbins

    • D. 

      Roger Chillingworth

  • 16. 
    Why does Hester have to wear the scarlet letter? What does this represent to the townspeople?
    • A. 

      Hester wears it as a symbol of Dimmesdale's love; this represents Hester's extreme love capability

    • B. 

      Hester has had sex with an unknown individual; this represents the realization of (and atonement for) sin

    • C. 

      Hester desires nothing more than to be noticed; this represents Hester's ultimate cry for attention

    • D. 

      Hester is too prideful to do anything worthy of being in that town; the townspeople scorn her for this

  • 17. 
    • A. 

      She is dropped when Hester goes into shock

    • B. 

      She is squeezed when Hester thinks about her future

    • C. 

      She is reacting to the sight of the Scarlet Letter

    • D. 

      She is crying for the return of her father

  • 18. 
    Hester wears the scarlet letter on her _____.
    • A. 

      Hair

    • B. 

      Shoes

    • C. 

      Skin

    • D. 

      Clothes

  • 19. 
    Which character was reputed to be a witch?
    • A. 

      Hester Prynne

    • B. 

      Mistress Hibbins

    • C. 

      Lady Dulocca

    • D. 

      Dimmesdale's wife

  • 20. 
    Hester works as a _____.
    • A. 

      Beautician

    • B. 

      Nurse

    • C. 

      Church worker

    • D. 

      Seamstress

  • 21. 
    Which character says "I was plucked off the rosebush"?
    • A. 

      Hester

    • B. 

      Dimmesdale

    • C. 

      Pearl

    • D. 

      Chillingworth