The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Questions and Answers
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After reading Tom Sawyer how are kids today similar or the same even though situations today have changed?

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As your question stated, the situations that Tom Sawyer was in during the novel are different than situations today, but kids in general are not different.  Tom is a typical junior high kid.  He wants to be mischievous, but he also wants to be appreciated.  I don't see kids today being much different.  My own students might try to bend the rules and do some real bone headed things, but they also always appreciate kind and encouraging words.  For example, early in the novel Tom tricks a bunch of his classmates into...

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