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TEST 2

_____ 1. Roger Chillingworth's sin was -

A. inciting the hatred of the colony toward poor Dimmesdale

B. refusing to stand up for the woman he loved

C. his decision to play God

_____ 2. The older Hester Prynne so impressed her neighbors that they were willing to say her scarlet letter stood for -

A. Atonement

B. Able

C. Angelic

_____ 3. An ironic touch in the novel is seen in -

A. Hester's ascent and Chillingworth's descent

B. the colonists' acceptance of Puritan morality

C. the colonists' cruelty toward little Pearl

_____ 4. According to Hawthorne, Hester's exemplary behavior in later life proceeded from -

A. the cumulative effect of her punishment

B. her desire to emulate Dimmesdale's sacrifice

C. God's grace in her heart

_____ 5. Chillingworth dies, -

A. with the knowledge that the sinners would be punished in the next world

B. having been cheated of his vengeance

C. after a reluctant apology to the man he had tormented

_____ 6. Hawthorne belonged to the Calvinists, who believed that -

A. sinners do not deserve redemption

B. redemption followed forgiveness

C. eternal damnation was reserved for atheists


_____ 7. Hester's tomb was graced with -

A. a scarlet letter B. words from a Biblical psalm C. the phrase "Rest, rest, perturbed spirit"

_____ 8. Chillingworth's goal was to -

I. disorganize and corrupt Dimmesdale's spiritual being II. ensure Dimmesdale's damnation III. keep Dimmesdale from procuring grace through repentance

A. I and III only B. II and III only C. I, II, and III

_____ 9. The Reverend Dimmesdale's physical problems were -

A. related to his moral crookedness

B. directly attributable to Chillingworth's cruelty

C. magnified in his own mind

_____ 10. Dimmesdale's decision to ascend the scaffold was -

A. decried by old Chillingworth

B. welcomed by Governor Bellingham

C. "Heaven's own method of retribution"

11. Analyze the character of Arthur Dimmesdale. Support your conclusions with evidence from at least three different chapters. -

12. Discuss Hawthorne's use of the scarlet letter as an open, ambiguous symbol. -

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