This chapter is essentially divided into two halves: one half of text, written largely to assist purposes in aiding students' comprehension of Hawthorne's style, and one of prompts and activities, the purpose of which is assignment to students various tasks to enhance their appreciation for the novel's artistry and relevance to their own lives. Readers of contemporary literature are accustomed to adjectival and adverbial usage, particularly for purposes of description. In addition to the linguistic difficulties facing modern readers of The Scarlet Letter, the abundance of allusions by Hawthorne to historical, Biblical, and otherwise extraneously important people and events can prove overwhelming to modern readers unversed in them. The questions that follow offer students just that opportunity to examine themselves and their lives in the mirror of The Scarlet Letter.