The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Comprehension Test

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Comprehension Test

This test is a comprehensive test of the novel The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Think critically and analytically, and answer all questions with the answer that best completes each statement or answers the question. All the best!


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. 
    Who makes Hester promise not to reveal his/her identity in The Scarlet Letter ?
  • 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. 
    Which of the following does not die over the course of the novel?
    • 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. 
    What happens when Hester takes off the Scarlet letter in front of Pearl?
    • 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. 
    At the beginning of the novel, why does Pearl cry?
    • 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

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