Symbols & Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis


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What is a symbol?

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1. Which of the following is NOT symbolized by the scarlet letter in The Scarlet Letter?

2. What does Pearl symbolize in The Scarlet Letter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Hawthorne's classic novel The Scarlet Letter has a wealth of symbolism. This quiz will help you judge your understanding of the use of symbolism and its importance in his novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will gauge your knowledge of symbolism in The Scarlet Letter through questions on:

  • Symbolism
  • The symbolism of the letter
  • Pearl as a symbol
  • The meteor as a symbol

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding literary tools in The Scarlet Letter from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of symbolism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about symbols and their meaning in the novel

Additional Learning

To learn more about symbolism in the novel, review the lesson titled Symbols & Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis. This lesson goes further in depth regarding:

  • The use and definition of a symbol in literature
  • Three main symbols used in the novel
  • How the story is enhanced with symbolism