The Scarlet Letter Study Questions

Instructor: Tara Schofield
The Scarlet Letter is a haunting story of lies and deceit. There are many aspects of the story you can discuss with your students to help them form a deeper understanding. The following questions lesson focus on plot, characters, and setting.

Pre-Reading Questions

Before the students begin the book, have them consider the following questions:

  • How do we judge others in ways that can deeply impact them negatively?
  • How do societal influences affect decisions that people make?
  • How are people ''punished'' in today's world for not following societal norms?

Post-Reading Questions

After the students have read The Scarlet Letter, use the questions below to help them dig deeper into the meaning of the book and the characters.

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