Webquest The Scarlet Letter of the Law in Puritan New England Introduction: Often in literature characters are influenced by the religious and social customs of the period in which they live. Researching various aspects of Puritan life during the seventeenth century in America will help you gain insight into the setting, characters, and conflicts you will encounter when we begin reading TheScarlet Letter.
The Task: In preparation for reading Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, you will be expected to research various events and aspects of Puritan life in the 1600s.
Daily Life in Salem in the 1600s
Puritanism and Government
Crime and Punishment
I. Daily Life in Salem Answer the following questions about daily life in the 1600s in Puritan New England.
Describe the clothing worn by men and women in Salem. What types of fabrics were used?
How did their food and eating habits support their religious views?
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Daily Life in a Puritan Village
Colonial Daily Life
III. Crime and Punishment
You have just entered the seventeenth century of Puritan crime and punishment. You have been found guilty of a crime, and now you will be punished for it. The crime and punishment is up to you; but keep in mind that you are now a Puritan, so you need to share your impressions, ideas, and beliefs concerning events as a Puritan would have witnessed them.
1. According to the “Articles, Laws and Orders” that Virginia ministers were required to read to their congregations every Sunday, what was the punishment for failing to attend church?