11th Grade AP English Summer Assignment All students must read The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne relied heavily on symbolism to convey his various messages in The Scarlet Letter. (A symbol is a concrete object that represents an abstract idea.) 1. You are to select one of the following symbols and answer the questions below. the weeds the scaffold the community the elf child the Black Man the woods the prison the cemetery (Consider what your symbol means above and beyond the obvious. How does it relate to the message?) A. The symbol you are discussing is:__________________________________________ B. What does it represent? C. Provide two examples from the novel that mention your symbol. What is the context of the symbol; that is, discuss the surroundings in which the symbol is used. D. How do you think these examples support Hawthorne's message? 2. Discuss the scarlet letter, itself. What does it symbolize? Does today's society place a "scarlet letter" on any particular individual or group? Discuss this fully by explaining your thoughts and supporting them with examples. (Be sure to include why society does this.) 3. Write an autobiographical essay that focuses on a specific incident or event that taught you a valuable lesson or changed your life. (These may be read in class so do not write about anything so embarrassing or so personal you'd be uncomfortable sharing.) Length: minimum one page; maximum one and one-half pages. Type the above assignments using the following criteria: size 12; 1"margins; prefessional font 4. Research and print a copy of a speech from an American author from any time period. Write a one-half to three-fourths page essay discussing your reaction to this speech. Be sure to include what you think the aurhor's message is. Remember to include the setting/reason for the speech. Your response should also be typed.