The Scarlet Letter: Characters, Symbols & Themes


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Who wears the scarlet letter in the novel?

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1. Who is Pearl's father?

2. What does Hester do after she is shunned by her community?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Set in Puritan New England, this novel deals with universal human themes, and has captivated readers for over one hundred years. Use this quiz/worksheet combo before, during, and after the lesson to help you focus on the most important characters, symbols, and themes in this important contribution to American literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on roles, identity, and thematic symbolism related to characters including:

  • Hester and her accessory
  • Pearl's father
  • Roger Chillingworth

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information from the related humanities lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained about key characters in The Scarlet Letter
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify who wears the scarlet letter in the story

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson The Scarlet Letter: Characters, Symbols & Themes. The objectives addressed include:

  • Know the author and publication date of the novel
  • Understand the story line of the novel
  • Recognize and analyze the themes and symbolism related to the characters in the novel
  • Understand how The Scarlet Letter addresses the themes of sin and revenge