Tone & Mood in The Scarlet Letter


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What is a work's tone?

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1. Which of the following would NOT be used to describe the tone of The Scarlet Letter?

2. The reader's mood may differ at various points in the plot. For instance, you are probably glad that Dimmesdale accepts Pearl, but _____ when he dies just after.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly assess how much you remember about the tone and mood of The Scarlet Letter with this quiz and worksheet. Questions will focus on the intended tone of the novel as well as how the author reinforces it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz you'll see what you know about:

  • What tone is in writing
  • What part of speech can be used to express tone and mood
  • How to describe the tone of The Scarlet Letter

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what words can describe the tone of this novel
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as tone
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what can help you assess the tone of a novel

Additional Learning

FInd out more about the tone of this novel in the lesson titled Tone & Mood in The Scarlet Letter. It will assist you in understanding concepts like:

  • Language used in the novel
  • Analysis of the effect Pearl's fate might have had on her mother
  • How the puritanical beliefs of her neighbors increased Hester's isolation