This is a learning guide I created as a pre-reading activity for Dr. Heideggar's Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Links are provided for two online sources, one article and one blog post, which discuss America's obsession with youth and beauty. The questions are in multiple choice format, but address subject, tone, purpose, and vocabulary. Some are in PARCC format (a question with a followup question asking for evidence for the previous question's answer). There are also three questions at the end to be used after students have read Hawthorne's short story, and they may be used as short answer questions for individual work or as whole class discussion. They link the articles to the story. Answer key is provided.