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The Scarlet Letter Quizzes are print and go. These quizzes are multiple choice and true/false questions that check mostly for comprehension since I like to reward those students who read as assigned, but there are some deeper questions on them as well. (I generally save the higher-level questions for the final test.)
Since these are multiple choice and true/false, you can use an easy grading technique such as Scantron or ZipGrade.
All quizzes come in 2 versions to deter cheaters. In addition, an editable PowerPoint is included in case you wish to make any changes. Best of all, all answer keys are included. See below for quiz details and sample questions.
_____ 3. Which punishment(s) do the women of the town want Hester Prynne to receive?
A. branding on her forehead
B. lashings on her back
D. A and B only
E. A and C only
_____ 9. Which word best describes the majority of Puritans found so far in chapters 1-3?
Chapter 5 - True/False
_____ 5. Hester moves into an apartment in the middle of town so that people can look upon the letter daily and remind Hester of her sin.
_____ 6. Hester's needlework is not worn by wealthy, powerful individuals because they are too good to wear anything that adulterous's hands have stitched.
_____ 9. Which is NOT a hint that Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl?
A. Hester asks her pastor to stand up for her and let her keep her child since he is her minister and knows her well.
B. Pearl holds Dimmesdale's hand and lays her cheek against it.
C. Pearl holds her hand over her heart and points to Dimmesdale.
D. Chillingworth mentions that Dimmesdale speaks with sincerity regarding Hester and Pearl.
_____1. "He now dug into the poor clergyman's heart like a miner searching for gold; or rather like a sexton delving into a grave, possibly in quest of a jewel that has been buried on the dead man's bosom" (Hawthorne 125). What is true about this statement?
A. It contains similes that demonstrate the intensity of Chillingworth's search.
B. It contains personification to lighten the mood of Chillingworth's search.
C. It contains foreshadowing that Chillingworth will get tired of his quest.
D. It contains a metaphor comparing Chillingworth to a grave.
_____4. At the end of the chapter, Chillingworth finds Dimmesdale asleep. Chillingworth pulls back Dimmesdale's shirt and finds
A. an envelope with a letter written by Hester that Dimmesdale keeps close to his heart.
B. sores all over Dimmesdale's chest due to poison ivy from the woods.
C. the book doesn't exactly say, but the sight makes Chillingworth happy.
D. Pearl's name etched with a knife into Dimmesdale's skin over his heart.
Chapter 15 - True/False
_____9. Hester threatens to lock Pearl in a closet if Pearl does not stop teasing Hester.
_____10. Hester finally explains to Pearl the truth about the meaning of the scarlet letter that Hester wears on her chest.
_____6. Which is NOT true of this chapter?
A. Dimmesdale holds Hester's hand in the forest.
B. Hester regrets keeping Chillingworth's identity a secret.
C. Dimmesdale explains to Hester that he has finally found peace.
D. Dimmesdale admits Hester is stronger than he is.
_____2. Which best describes Dimmesdale's parenting approach as seen in this chapter?
A. Reward children for their good deeds.
B. Give children what they want in order to pacify them.
C. Discipline children harshly according to Puritan code.
D. Spanking is best for bratty children.
_____13. What does Pearl notice about the minister in this chapter?
A. He acknowledges Hester and Pearl in private but not in public.
B. He has a mark on his chest in the shape of the letter A.
C. He wears the clothes that her mother has sewn for him.
D. He doesn't carry his Bible with him for the Election Day sermon.
Chapter 23 True/False
_____6. During Dimmesdale's confession, he reveals that Chillingworth is really Hester's husband.
_____7. Pearl kisses Dimmesdale since he has finally acknowledged her in public.
_____8. At the end of the chapter, Dimmesdale's remarks before he dies shows his bitterness towards God for all that has happened.
_____10. What theme is directly stated in this chapter?
A. "Be true!" B. "Accept destiny." C. "Love others." D. "Give wholly."