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Pudd'nhead Wilson Teaching Unit
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- In the following quote from Chapter 2, which characters in the novel, represent Adam, the apple, and the serpent? “Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent: then he would have eaten the serpent.— Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar.” (Pg. 13)
- What was happening in the United States during 1894 when Pudd’nhead Wilson was published? Why is this information important in understanding the novel?
- “‘But I reckon I’ll take along a hoss-shoe to keep off de witch work.’” (Pg. 22) ExplainRoxy’s superstitious beliefs about horseshoes and witches.
- Twain represents most of the women in Pudd’nhead Wilson as domestic. Why does Roxy not ﬁt into this representation? With what other characters does she contrast? What is the main reasoning for her difference from all other women in the novel?
- If the battle is overcoming obstacles, consider Roxy and Pudd’nhead Wilson in terms of the following statement: It is not the ﬁght itself that is important, but how one ﬁghtsthat wins the battle.
- There is an old saying, “patience is a virtue.” How does this adage work as a theme for this novel?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.