Allusions in The Scarlet Letter


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How are Hester and Eve, the original woman, alike in The Scarlet Letter?

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1. How does Hawthorne employ an allusion to the Biblical story of Cain and Abel in The Scarlet Letter?

2. What is Lethe in Greek mythology and who speaks of it in The Scarlet Letter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Literature will often reference itself to give insight into a situation or character. This quiz will help you gauge your understanding of the main allusions in The Scarlet Letter with questions about the comparisons made about Hester, Chillingworth, and Dimmesdale.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will help you determine your knowledge of allusions in The Scarlet Letter, including the references to:

  • Adam and Eve
  • Greek mythology
  • Biblical stories

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about literary tools used in The Scarlet Letter
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding allusions and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding religious references and comparisons

Additional Learning

To learn more about Hawthorne's classic work, review the lesson titled Allusions in The Scarlet Letter. This lesson further details specifics from the novel, including:

  • Garden of Eden
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Importance of Lethe