Select one chapter from The Scarlet Letter, read it and the Spark Notes version, and write one paragraph comparing the two. What does the Spark Notes leave out from the original? How is reading each different?
The quiz will be on chapter 4, words 1-10.
The following are the words from the last set that you will be responsible for:
I'm in a democratic mood, and I want to see if anyone reads this with any frequency, so I'm going to let you guys decide whether the final assessment should be in class or outside of class. Read the following assignment, and then email me your vote. If you choose for this to be an in-class writing prompt, then it will be on Monday, December 16 (this will be open book and open note). If you choose to do this as an at home writing assignment, it will be due by the end of class on Friday, December 20.
Scarlet Letter Essay Prompts
Pick one of the following prompts, and write an essay of somewhere between 4-6 paragraphs. You must use at least two quotes from the novel in your response.
1. How does Hester feel about the scarlet letter on her chest? Explain the complexity of her situation and her emotional and mental state, and make an assertion. You may want to consider the role the letter plays in the formation of her identity.
2. The Scarlet Letter has been called a feminist novel. Do you agree? Why or why not?
3. What do you think Hawthorne is saying in this novel about the nature of sin? Who has sinned, who have they sinned against, and what judgment do you think Hawthorne passes upon them?
1. Identify three ways Patrick Henry makes his point to his audience. Who is his audience, and why would the things he says appeal to them.
2. How is Thomas Paine’s essay different from Patrick Henry’s speech? Discuss both the strategies used in each text and the circumstances under which each was delivered.
3. In what ways are Patton and Paine’s speeches similar? Discuss both the strategies used in each text and the circumstances under which each was delivered.
4. Go through each speech and find six words or phrases that are particularly effective in getting the author’s point across. List them, and explain why each of them is effective.
5. Which speech do you find the most effective? Why? Be sure to take into account the audience and the circumstances surrounding its delivery.