Figurative Language in The Scarlet Letter


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What is figurative language?

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The following quote from The Scarlet Letter is an example of what type of figurative language?

'She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam.'

2. Which of the following is a symbol from The Scarlet Letter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Nathaniel Hawthorn's The Scarlet Letter is a masterful work of literature that uses figurative language to enhance characters and the story line. This quiz focuses on examples of figurative language and will help you gauge your knowledge of its use in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will check your understanding of the definition and use of figurative language in The Scarlet Letter including:

  • Similes
  • Symbolism
  • Examples in quotes

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about figurative language in The Scarlet Letter from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of symbolism to appreciate its use in this novel
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding similes

Additional Learning

To learn more about literary tropes in this classic novel, review the lesson titled Figurative Language in The Scarlet Letter. This lesson goes further into detail about the novel including:

  • Types of figurative language
  • Difference between a metaphor and simile
  • Use of figurative language in the novel