Pearl in The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism & Analysis


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In The Scarlet Letter, what questions might Pearl represent?

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1. In The Scarlet Letter, what object does Pearl symbolize?

2. In The Scarlet Letter, why is Pearl so wild and unpredictable?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

By using this worksheet and quiz, you can reinforce and evaluate your mastery of the meaning and importance of Hester Prynne's daughter Pearl in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The quiz assesses your understanding of what Pearl's character embodies and why she is a free spirit.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet/quiz combination will question you on the following:

  • The source of Pearl's lack of inhibition
  • How Pearl influences her mother
  • The object that Pearl embodies

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about Pearl's character in The Scarlet Letter
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Pearl's illegitimacy in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Pearl's influence on Hester and her significance in the novel

Additional Learning

Refer to's lesson titled Pearl in The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism & Analysis for additional study and review. The following themes are covered in the lesson:

  • Virtue vs. sin in Puritan society and the importance of repentance
  • What happens to someone who steps outside accepted Puritan behavior
  • The transcendentalist movement in 19th century America