Scarlet Pimpernel, The - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: 1792, England and France

Genre: World Literature, British Literature, Historical

Page Count: 58 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9 weeks

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Funny, courageous, and filled with downright danger! The Scarlet Pimpernel was the blueprint for what became known as the masked-avenger genre. This captivating story combines humor, bravery, and an abundance of perilous situations.
Step into the midst of the French Revolution, a time of immense fear and the ruthless persecution of the noble class. Amidst the chaos, a mysterious and elusive figure, often referred to as a phantom, emerges as the savior of doomed nobles, defying the executioner's grasp—the legendary Scarlet Pimpernel.
Unyielding in his pursuit, French official Chauvelin will stop at nothing to unveil the true identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. His relentless quest leads him to manipulate Marguerite Blakeney, the reluctant assistance of Sir Percy Blakeney's French wife. Sir Percy himself, England's wealthiest and most dandyish lord, becomes embroiled in a web of secrets and danger.
In this world of deception, treachery, and mortal peril, nothing is as it appears. Brace yourself for an enthralling adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Progeny Press' Scarlet Pimpernel English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: Earn one-quarter credit with Progeny Press' high school level Literature curriculum.
Historical Background: Explore the backdrop of the French Revolution, a defining era in history.
Author Biography: Discover the life of Baroness Orczy, the brilliant mind behind The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Before-You-Read Activities: Engage in interactive exercises such as mapping, diving into the intriguing stories of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and learning about the figure Robespierre.
Vocabulary: Develop a deep understanding of the novel's vocabulary through a variety of stimulating activities designed to enhance retention and encourage vocabulary growth.
Literary Techniques: Delve into the rich tapestry of literary techniques such as antonym, synonym, juxtaposition, stereotype, irony, paradox, foreshadowing, cliffhanger, in context, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, moral dilemma, hyperbole, romanticism, allusion, anthropomorphism, protagonist, antagonist, false climax, foil, theme, willing suspension of disbelief, and contrivance. 
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Explore profound themes of conflict, accountability, marriage, wise counsel, virtue vs. self-righteous, misunderstandings, fate vs. free will, altruism, self-interest, egoism, leadership, freedom, bigotry, prejudice, stereotypes, the Good Samaritan, and the golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in dynamic class discussions, create visually captivating bulletin boards, analyze and interpret meaningful quotations, select from a range of essay choices, bring the story to life through dramatic adaptations, and explore artistic expressions inspired by the novel.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Expand your literary horizons with our carefully curated reading list, which includes more captivating works by Baroness Orczy and other books that complement or share similarities with The Scarlet Pimpernel. Additionally, discover recommended movies.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
England, France, 1792
World Literature, British Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
70 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael S. Gilleland & Eileen Cunningham
For the Book By:
Baroness Orczy
Workbook ISBN: