The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Quiz

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The Scarlet Letter Quizzes & Trivia

The Scarlet Letter shows us Hester Prynne's story, who has been branded as an adulterer and is shunned by the community. The letter A on her chest is to be seen as punishment and warning to other people. Have you read the book? Use your knowledge about the Scarlet Letter to answer these 10 multiple choices and true or false questions.


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

      A bird for freedom.

    • B. 

      A rose blossom.

    • C. 

      A scarlet letter A.

  • 2. 
    Why is the first scaffold scene very ironic?
    • A. 

      Because it’s like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife.

    • B. 

      Because it is the first time that Hester has come into public wearing the scarlet "A" on her chest.

    • C. 

      Because Dimmesdale is called upon to ask Hester who the father is.

    • D. 

      Because Hester is married to Chillingworth and he has just arrived.

  • 3. 
    What does Pearl best represent throughout the novel?
    • A. 

      The living embodiment of Hester's sin

    • B. 

      The unifying force that will bring Hester and Dimmesdale together at the end

    • C. 

      A form of punishment for Hester

    • D. 

      All of the Above

  • 4. 
    How does Chillingworth figure out who Pearl's father really is?
    • A. 

      He never finds out.

    • B. 

      Hester tells him one day in the wood.

    • C. 

      Dimmesdale tells him.

    • D. 

      Chillingworth becomes Dimmesdale's doctor and guesses the secret.

  • 5. 
    Hester tries to convince Dimmesdale to do what during their walks in the woods?
    • A. 

      To get rid of Chillingworth

    • B. 

      Run away and live elsewhere.

    • C. 

      Adopt Pearl.

    • D. 

      To marry her.

  • 6. 
    Only Pearl knows why Dimmesdale holds his hand over his heart.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Hester removes the scarlet letter whenever she is alone.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Mistress Hibbins suspects Dimmesdales guilt.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Hester loses Pearl after visiting Governor Bellingham.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Dimmesdale feels that vengefulness is worse than cowardice.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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