Scarlet Pimpernel, The - Study Guide

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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. 

The French Revolution is in full swing and Paris is awash in fear and the blood of its own nobility (or anyone else that the mobs deem a foe). However, one mysterious adventurer (some say phantom!) seems able to whisk away doomed nobles seemingly from under the very nose of the executionerthe infamous Scarlet Pimpernel.

French official Chauvelin will stop at nothing to uncover the Scarlet Pimpernel's identity, including forcing the unwilling help of Marguerite Blakeney, the French wife of England's richest and most foppish lord, Sir Percy Blakeney.

In this world of intrigue, death, and danger, nothing is as it seems. 

Through Baroness Orczy's fun and adventurous short novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, students will learn:

Historical Background: The French Revolution.

Author Biography: Learn about Baroness Orczy.

Before-You-Read Activities: Mapping, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Robespierre.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: 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, contrivance. 

Moral Lessons and Character Values: 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, do unto others.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Class discussions, bulletin board, quotations, essay choices, drama, art.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. Movie suggestions included.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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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: