The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes

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Which quote from 'The Scarlet Ibis' best summarizes the main theme of the story?

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1. Which of the following is a symbol of death that appears in The Scarlet Ibis?

2. In The Scarlet Ibis, which image most strongly foreshadows the death of Doodle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Published in 1960 by James Hurst, 'The Scarlet Ibis' uses key imagery and foreshadowing to describe the doomed relationship of two young brothers. This quiz and worksheet test your knowledge of the meaning, themes, and symbols in this short story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these assessments, students will answer questions about:

  • Death symbols in the story
  • Foreshadowing
  • Main theme and meaning
  • Doodle's character

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet test you on the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Doodle to pick out an accurate description of his character
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding symbols of death and foreshadowing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can interpret the story's meaning through use of quotes

Additional Learning

To learn more about this story, you can watch the related video lesson on The Scarlet Ibis. The lesson covers the following topics:

  • Doodle's birth and relationship with older brother
  • Running motif of death
  • Intertwining of setting and themes
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