Explain the lifestyle and values of Puritan New England in the mid-1600s.
Make inferences about the author’s potential tone and purpose in the novel.
How did the values of Puritans impact life in the New England colonies? Use details from the article to support your answer.
Based on the details in his biography, what can you infer will be Hawthorne’s tone toward the Puritans of New England in his novel? Explain.
Based on the quotation from Hawthorne’s journal, what can you predict about the novel? Explain.
Based on your reading of the article, “Puritan Life,” what did Puritans value?
How did Puritan values impact Puritan practices?
When did Nathaniel Hawthorne live and write his literature?
Why did he add an H to his name? What might this decision reveal about his feelings for Puritan New England?
What do you notice about Hawthorne's connection with other major American writers and politicians?
Where was he living when he wrote The Scarlet Letter?
Read the quotation from Hawthorne’s journal that appears on the back cover of the novel. Describe both Hawthorne and his wife’s reaction to the novel’s conclusion.