[Following are selected words that might be unfamiliar to a new reader of Hawthorne's works. Most are from The Scarlet Letter, but some also from The Marble Faun --usage may be different in other texts. Use your browser's Find command to locate the word in a web page, or use our /Search/ tool to locate a web page from Hawthorne that contains the word. Students: you might want to write down and memorize some of these words, since it will occur to teachers to put them on quizzes as a simple way to determine if you have understood the reading!]
Although this site's main purpose is to provide you with the official list of study words for 2018 district, county, city, regional and state spelling bees, each of its sections also contains at least one exercise. The exercises are intended to give you further information about words that come from a particular language and help you better understand how the words behave in English. Some of the exercises are quite challenging. Don't feel discouraged if you can't answer all of them! If you get stumped, you can click on the "Show Answer" link to view the correct answer to any exercise question.