Anne Hutchinson in The Scarlet Letter & History


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What did Anne Hutchinson do in the meetings she held with women and men in her community?

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1. What was Anne Hutchinson's doctrinal stance on grace and works?

2. Which of Anne Hutchinson's beliefs were thought to be completely blasphemous?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to assess your knowledge of the parallels suggested by Hawthorne between a character in The Scarlet Letter and Anne Hutchinson. You will also need to be familiar with Anne Hutchinson's life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assessments will focus on:

  • Hutchinson's belief that was considered blasphemous
  • Linking of Hester Prynne to Anne Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson's belief about grace and works

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the agenda of Anne Hutchinson's community meetings
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on The Scarlet Letter and Anne Hutchinson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question regarding the physical object in The Scarlet Letter that Anne Hutchinson is first mentioned in connection with

Additional Learning

Increase your knowledge of the how Nathaniel Hawthorne alludes to an actual woman in The Scarlet Letter by completing the lesson titled Anne Hutchinson in The Scarlet Letter & History. Its objectives include:

  • Know what works are, as related to religion
  • Understand how Anne was not a typical woman of her time
  • Review Hutchinson's role in The Scarlet Letter