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True or False: In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, adulterers are forced to wear a letter to mark their shame. This, however, is NOT based on any historical reality.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was based on something. Early Puritans really did sentence adulterers to bear their shame with sewn letters on their clothing (they also used whipping, which was at least as bad).
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For most of recorded history marriage was a business deal. Physical and emotional fulfillment could be happy accidents, but they were certainly not prerequisites for wedlock. For such things, a man (and it was mostly men, sorry) had to step outside of holy matrimony. And if the partners were high-profile, such extramarital risky business could often shape the face of international politics and culture. So how much do you know about the world of illicit love? Time to find out...

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