Pearl Quotes in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis


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What is one similarity between Pearl and the scarlet letter in The Scarlet Letter?

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1. How does Pearl seem to feel about the scarlet letter in The Scarlet Letter?

2. Why is Pearl often referred to as an elf in The Scarlet Letter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Hester Prynne's daughter, Pearl, is much more than just a small child. On this quiz/worksheet combo you will be tested on her similarity to the scarlet letter Hester must wear, how Pearl views the letter and what it seems to mean to her, at what point Pearl actually behaves like a normal child and why she's called an elf.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • What quality of Pearl's indicates an unnatural level of intuition
  • How Pearl and the scarlet letter are alike
  • Pearl's feelings regarding the scarlet letter
  • When Pearl shows believable human behavior

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Pearl's character to describe her attitude toward the letter her mother has always worn
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about why Hester and others in the village call Pearl an elf
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the connection between the scarlet letter and Pearl

Additional Learning

Access the lesson titled Pearl Quotes in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis for additional study. The lesson teaches the following objectives:

  • Explain what Pearl symbolizes both to her mother and in the context of the book
  • Define and explain 'embodiment' as it relates to Pearl
  • Discuss Pearl's early attitude toward Reverend Dimmesdale