Similes in The Scarlet Letter


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Which of the following is an example of a simile in The Scarlet Letter?

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1. Which character in The Scarlet Letter is frequently compared to woodland creatures?

2. In The Scarlet Letter, what does Mistress Hibbons mean when she says the scarlet letter 'glows like a red fire'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See what you understand about similes and how they are used in The Scarlet Letter by using this quiz/worksheet combo. Some topics covered on the multiple-choice quiz include the character who is always compared to a woodland creature as well as different examples of similes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As you work through these assessments, you can gauge your understanding of the following:

  • What it means when Hibbons says the scarlet letter 'glows like a red fire'
  • Something that the women's insulting remarks to Hester Prynne are compared to
  • An example of a simile from The Scarlet Letter
  • The character in this work who is constantly being referred to as a woodland creature

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different examples of similes from this work
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the description of the people who shame Hester while she's on the scaffold
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the literature lesson on similes from The Scarlet Letter

Additional Learning

If you look at the lesson called Similes in The Scarlet Letter, you can get more familiar with how this literary tool is used. Also, you can cover these objectives:

  • Learn what similes are used for
  • See how the use of similes helps us better analyze the humiliation Hester endures on the scaffold
  • Review different examples of similes used in this book