Diction in The Scarlet Letter


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Which of the following is the best definition of diction?

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''Amongst any other population, or at a later period in the history of New England, the grim rigidity that petrified the bearded physiognomies of these good people would have augured some awful business in hand.''

In this passage from The Scarlet Letter, why does the author use the terms 'grim rigidity' and 'petrified?'

2. Which of the following best describes the diction that is used in The Scarlet Letter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Hawthorne's depiction of New England during the colonial period in The Scarlet Letter is grim and puritanical. He expresses this through his descriptions, but also through dialogue and character's actions. This self-assessment quiz will help you gauge your understanding of the use of diction in this novel with questions about the definition and examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will help you determine your understanding of diction in The Scarlet Letter with questions including:

  • Word choice analysis
  • Definition of diction
  • Metaphors

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on The Scarlet Letter
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of diction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about examples of diction from the text

Additional Learning

For more about this classic work, review the lesson titled Diction in The Scarlet Letter. This includes more details, such as:

  • Context of the plot
  • Fear and ignorance
  • Examples from the text