Imagery in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis


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1. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, what human-like thing is the rosebush outside the prison door described to do?

2. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, what message is the pumpkin supposed to be giving the Governor by growing in front of his window?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions within this quiz and worksheet focus on the literary device of imagery and key instances of it within The Scarlet Letter, allowing you to make sure you're receiving the lesson material correctly.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Takers of this quiz/worksheet will find questions about:

  • Imagery and its use in literature
  • The rosebush outside the prison door in The Scarlet Letter
  • The pumpkin in front of the Governor's window in this book
  • The sunlight's effect on Hester in The Scarlet Letter

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you've drawn important details from the lesson on plot points of The Scarlet Letter
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read about instances of imagery within The Scarlet Letter and interpret them correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define imagery and describe its purpose in literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous work, you can delve into the accompanying lesson, Imagery in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis. This lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Understand the power of personification in literature
  • Explore the way Hawthorne adds elements of humanness to the natural world to heighten its effect
  • Consider the link between images presented in the novel and the ideas that emerge from them