Romanticism in The Scarlet Letter


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Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, is widely associated with the American Romantic movement. What is a characteristic of American Romanticism?

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1. In The Scarlet Letter, how does Hester's punishment relate to a Romantic ideal or tenet?

2. What prompts Hester to begin to reevaluate her moral system in the novel The Scarlet Letter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Not only is Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter one of the greatest American novels of the 19th Century, it's also a clear example of literary Romanticism. You can go over some key points on the ways in which The Scarlet Litter exemplifies Romanticism with these assessment questions. The questions will assess you on points such as the characteristics of Romanticism and relevant aspects of the plot.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Understanding American Romanticism
  • Romanticism found in Hester's punishment
  • Romantic ideals embodied by Pearl
  • Hester's relationship with Dimmesdale

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - answer the assessment questions by recalling from the associated lesson some of the main characteristics of American Romantic literature
  • Reading comprehension - assess your comprehension of the specific characteristics and principles of literary Romanticism and how The Scarlett Letter serves as an example of these
  • Knowledge application -use your understanding of this subject to identify the Romantic aspects of specific characters and plot points from the novel provided in the questions

Additional Learning

Get more information on this subject with the associated lesson called Romanticism in The Scarlet Letter. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Characteristics of Romanticism in American literature
  • Plot of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
  • Romantic ideals in The Scarlett Letter
  • Three important aspects of Romanticism