Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style


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Why did Nathaniel Hawthorne change his last name from 'Hathorne'?

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1. What was the collection of previously published Nathaniel Hawthorne short stories called?

2. Which of the following stories was influenced by Nathaniel Hawthorne's time at the utopian community Brook Farm?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although he is best known for his historical novel, The Scarlet Letter, which examines the emotional toll of sin and hypocrisy in 17th century Puritan Boston, the majority of Nathaniel Hawthorne's other work also explores the darker sides of human nature and their consequences. To do well on this quiz/worksheet, you'll need to know about the author's heritage, dark romanticism and a well-known story collection.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Hawthorne's ancestry
  • Major characteristic of dark romantic fiction
  • Hawthorne's novel that describes a utopian community
  • Themes in The Scarlet Letter
  • Hawthorne's famous collection of short stories

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the life and works of Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main ideas such as dark romantic and Transcendentalists
  • Making connections - use your knowledge to examine the role of the past in Hawthorne's life and writing
  • Distinguishing diferences - compare and contrast the views of dark romantics and Transcendentalists

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson called Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the events and factors that shaped Hawthorne's life and writing
  • List some of this writer's major works
  • Explain some of the central themes in Hawthorne's stories and novels
  • Describe the characteristics of the author's writing style
  • Understand Hawthorne's contribution to American literature