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Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Young Goodman Brown: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Young Goodman Brown? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is so important about the "pink ribbons" worn by young Goodman Brown's wife?


They indicate her loss of innocence
They indicate her hatred of the rest of the Puritan community
They are part of a Halloween costume
They indicate her desire to become rich and powerful
Q. How is the assembly in the forest best described?


An elite group of aristocrats and church leaders
A subversive group of Indians and local lowlifes
First rule of assembly: there is no assembly
A democratic group that draws from all spheres of society
Q. Is young Goodman Brown's vision of the dark assembly simply a dream?


Yes—it was just a dream
No—it was all real
No—it was actually an April Fool's Day joke
Maybe—the narrator doesn't explain what truly happened
Q. Late in his life, what is a major source of young Goodman Brown's anger?


Scenes of prayer and public worship
Cruelty to small animals
Public whippings and beatings
Brightly colored clothes
Q. What is one major indication that young Goodman Brown has sinful ancestors?


The devil appears in the shape of young Goodman Brown's grandfather
The Brown family is ostracized by the rest of Salem
Young Goodman Brown never goes to church
Young Goodman Brown has two tiny little horns that are hidden by his hair
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