Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" is a complex short story. Help your students to unravel its mysteries with these two activities dealing with theme, tone, mood, and symbolism. To begin with, your students will work individually, then with a small group to nail down some themes found in this short story. Next, students will need internet access to use the word cloud application on the Wordle website to create a word cloud communicating the mood, tone, and symbolism from the story. Students use higher order thinking skills as they evaluate which quotations, themes, and story elements to add to their word clouds, and how prominantly each appears in the cloud. All the hard work has been done for you! You can even add your own page references if you like. Student models are included.