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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

What are a few examples of hyperbole in Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

he would go to work and bore me nearly to death with some infernal reminiscence of him as long and tedious as it should be useless to me. If that was the design, it certainly succeeded. Twain's...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2011 1:09 am UTC

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What are three examples of exaggeration in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog" short story? Thank you in advance!

Three examples of exaggeration in the short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain include: 1. The narrator revealing what will be in store for him if he inquires of...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2015 9:59 pm UTC

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What enhances the humor of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

The very notion that there would be a young reverend in a mining camp is humorous because mining camps were notorious for all manner of immoral behavior and the absence of virtuous women and men of...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 9:53 pm UTC

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Give examples of various forms of comedy in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

The story's first paragraph is a confession by the narrator that he had been duped. This kind of self-effacing humor is universally amusing, as it is human nature to laugh at oneself and invite...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 9:04 pm UTC

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How does Mark Twain represent realism in "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

Realism was the tendency of writers and artists in Mark Twain's era (the late 1800s to early 1900s) to create work that reflected real life, without romanticizing anything or making events too...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 2:03 pm UTC

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What are the figure of speeches in this short story? "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain

One of Mark Twain's earliest stories, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" helped to establish Twain as a one of America's greatest humorists. This story illustrates Twain's satirical...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2011 4:47 pm UTC

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Would Twain’s story be as effective if there was no use of dialect?

It's a very good question, and I would certainly grant that writing in dialect can serve as a barrier to entry. That being said, I think this technique is used very effectively within this story,...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 8:57 pm UTC

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What is the irony in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

The main irony in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is that Jim Smiley is outfoxed by the stranger. According to Simon Wheeler: Smiley was monstrous proud of his frog, and well he...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2015 10:20 pm UTC

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Why is the story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" a frame narrative?  

This humorous story by Mark Twain is considered a frame narrative because it consists of a story within a story. The outer story, the frame story, is the story of the narrator's interaction with...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 5:15 am UTC

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What vernacular words does Twain use in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and how is this more...

In this story, the vernacular is used by Simon Wheeler, a man who relates the tale of Jim Smiley and his trained frog to the narrator. When telling this tale, Simon uses lots of vernacular words,...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2017 6:57 am UTC

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How does the first narrator in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" differ from the second narrator,...

The first narrator is very different from Simon Wheeler in a number of ways, including style, his superior understanding and use of grammar and syntax, his address of the reader directly, and his...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020 1:25 pm UTC

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Is "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" a satire?  

Mark Twain's famous short story belongs to (or perhaps even originated) a genre of specifically American satire that survived well into the twentieth century in the form of television comedies such...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 2:39 am UTC

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What is Simon Wheeler's manner as he tells the story of Jim Smiley in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

The story that Simon Wheeler tells the narrator in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was not original with Mark Twain. It was, nevertheless, the first story that caused Twain to...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 2:51 am UTC

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What  literary element or device in the story can used in a thesis for "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras...

You may also want to consider Mark Twain's use of colloquialisms and regional dialect in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Few American stories of any kind at this time in history...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2011 4:10 am UTC

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What is the significance of the animals' names in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County"?

Mark Twain was a master at the art of satire. The significance behind the animal names, fifteen minute nag, Andrew Jackson, and Dan'l Webster is to convey distinct personalities to the reader....

Latest answer posted August 17, 2008 9:49 am UTC

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Give two examples of exaggeration as a comic device in paragraphs 5 and 6 in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of...

Mark Twain's use of exaggeration is great in this story, and it is one of the aspects that makes it so humorous. For instance, in paragraph 5, Twain is describing the bull pup, Andrew Jackson, a...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 1:00 am UTC

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Are there any literary devices in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain?

Twain uses several literary devices in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County". The first technique we notice is that the tale is a "frame story". That means that one story, the story...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2009 10:25 am UTC

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Describe Simon Wheeler’s tone and if you think it adds to the humor of Mark Twain’s story.

In Mark Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," the sesterer, Simon Wheeler, exaggerates his description of the frog's talents. For instance, he acts as though the frog were...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2010 3:54 pm UTC

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What characteristics of regionalism are in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

The first major success for fledgling writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The story was not Twain's original creation but a well-known tall...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019 4:45 am UTC

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The first paragraph of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" opens the “frame” to this story. What tone...

The tone Mark Twain uses in the frame story of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is one of chagrin mingled with grudging admiration. The unnamed narrator had received a letter from...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 6:16 am UTC

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What sort of person is Jim Smiley?

Jim Smiley was a man who was hopelessly addicted to gambling. He placed bets compulsively, but he also invested in gambling seriously as his occupation. He would bet on just about any random event...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016 5:37 am UTC

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What is the plot of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain?

The humorous story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain has a plot structure using a literary device known as a frame, in which one story is told within another story....

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019 5:13 pm UTC

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How did the narrator get involved with Simon Wheeler?

The narrator in the story has a friend who is still in "the East," as opposed to the West, where the narrator is living. The narrator's friend writes and asks him to look up a man named Simon...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 5:40 pm UTC

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What are six uses of hyperbole describing Jim Smiley in Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

Here are six more instances of hyperbole to describe Jim Smiley: If there was a horse-race, you'd find him flush, or you'd find him busted at the end of it; if there was a dog-fight, he'd bet on...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018 10:10 pm UTC

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How did the stranger outwit Smiley in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

In this story, Jim Smiley is outwitted when he makes a bet with a stranger and loses. Remember that Jim Smiley is well-known in Cavaleras County as a man who loves to make bets on pretty much...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2017 7:47 am UTC

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What is the narrator's attitude towards Wheeler? Support your answer with details from the story.

The narrator finds Wheeler to be annoying and amusing all at the same time, but is in reality a bit irritated with Wheeler's ramblings, and anxious to escape them. You can find evidence of this...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2010 7:50 am UTC

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What are some similes found in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras Country"?

Mark Twain's use of similes in the text heightens the humor found in the piece as well as adds to the Local Color aspects of the story. For instance, when describing Jim Smiley's dog, Andrew...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2016 2:32 pm UTC

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In what ways is "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" a humorous story?

Twain uses three elements classic to comedy to create a humorous story. First, as anyone who has read the Lemony Snickett stories knows, warning a reader from the outset that a story will be too...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2017 3:10 am UTC

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What are some examples of figurative expressions in Wheeler’s language in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras...

Wheeler uses hyperbole, an exaggeration that is a type of figurative language, when he says of Smiley, "he would foller that straddle-bug to Mexico but what he would find out where he was bound for...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2017 12:17 am UTC

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What prompts Simon Wheeler to tell the story of Jim Smiley?

This question reveals one of the story's most humorous elements because the answer is that nothing, in particular, prompts Simon Wheeler to tell the story of Jim Smiley. In fact, as we see in the...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018 10:14 pm UTC

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What adjectives best describe the character of Jim Smiley?

Jim is opportunistic, obsessive, sneaky, and ultimately naive. 1. Jim is opportunistic: the storyteller, Simon Wheeler, describes Jim as "lucky," but really Jim's supposed luck comes from his habit...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016 10:00 pm UTC

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How does the use of authentic dialect add to "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

In all large countries, regional dialects exist that differ from the standard form of the national language in pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. In most of the European nation-states, what...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 6:50 am UTC

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How is the dialect in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" found as realism?

Just as Mark Twain would illustrate years later with his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, his use of realistic regional dialect in "The Celebrated Jumping...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 2:45 am UTC

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What happened to Smiley's frog?

Jim Smiley's frog, Dan'l Webster, was a well-trained amphibian that Smiley used to enhance his winnings at gambling. Smiley had invested heavily in Dan'l. Although he was just a common bullfrog...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 8:05 pm UTC

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Why does the narrator seek out Simon Wheeler in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County?

The narrator seeks out Simon Wheeler because the narrator's friend back East requested that the narrator find Simon and ask him about another guy, named Leonidas W. Smiley. Presumably because the...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 3:37 pm UTC

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I understand that grotesque humor is something funny arising out of something tragic or painful, but I don't see...

First. the term grostesque humor is loosely defined as something comic and based on a character or event that is painful to see and funny at the same time, bizarre, abnormal, unnatural--it makes...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2014 7:36 pm UTC

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What is the conflict that the framework narrator faces, and how is this conflict resolved?

What is interesting about your question is the use of the word "conflict." I can tell by the way you are asking the question that you mean conflict as the "inciting incident" of the story, the one...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2015 1:13 am UTC

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In paragraphs 2 and 3 we meet Simon Wheeler. What does the description of his appearance suggest about him?

Simon Wheeler's face is described as expressionless; "he never smiled, he never frowned," meaning that he never gave anything away to the narrator in terms of his mood or intentions other than...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2018 12:10 pm UTC

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What prompts Simon Wheeler to tell the story of Jim Smiley in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

In the famous short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain, the unnamed narrator goes to an old tavern in a mining camp called Angel's for an interview at the...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2019 12:37 am UTC

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In "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," find at least three places in the story where Twain uses...

The use of the vernacular in literature is a technique that is particularly effective when a story is written, as this one is, in the voice of a storyteller—that is, somebody who is relating the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2019 10:29 am UTC

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List at least 2 humorous accounts in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and explain them.

The narrator of the inner stories in this Mark Twain classic, Simon Wheeler, tells a string of anecdotes that run into each other—all related to the gambling habit of Jim Smiley. All are humorous,...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2017 4:17 am UTC

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What is ironic about "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and what type of irony is it?

There are two kinds of irony in Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. The first That is encountered is verbal irony and the second encountered is situational irony. Verbal irony...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2010 12:38 am UTC

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How much money did Jim Smiley wager on his jumping frog?

The answer to this question can be found in the text of the story. Jim Smiley has trained his frog Dan'l Webster to be a good jumper. According to Simon Wheeler, Smiley did nothing for three months...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2015 1:02 pm UTC

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Why is it ironic that Smiley loses the bet?       "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain

Jim Smiley about whom Simon Wheeler tells the narrator, is a man who would bet on anything: "...he was the curiousest man about always betting on anything that turned up you ever see, if he could...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2012 10:45 am UTC

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How does the dialect affect the scene setting of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

The dialect reflected in the speech of Simon Wheeler sets him apart from the narrator, whose manner of speaking involves more sophisticated word choices. Simon Wheeler does not sound like a highly...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018 1:23 pm UTC

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Identify conflicts in Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

First of all, in Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," the story does not see based heavily upon conflict as many stories often do. If I needed to identify conflicts in...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 11:38 am UTC

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What is the point of view in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

This is an interesting question, because it isn't as straightforward as you might think. It is Twain telling the story, so in that sense, it is written in the first person point of view. He says...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2009 2:53 am UTC

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In "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," explain the irony of the stranger's parting words.

The stranger, Mark Twain, utters the following at the end before he departs: "Oh! hang Smiley and his afflicted cow!" He states that he muttered these words "good-naturedly," which is patently...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2017 12:41 pm UTC

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What onomatopoeia, hyperbole, similes, metaphors, and personifications are in Twain's story?

Western humorists such as Mark Twain make extensive use of exaggeration, hyperbole. For example, westerner Simon Wheeler exaggerates when describing the frog's talents: "You never see a frog...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2008 12:12 pm UTC

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In what ways does Twain use irony in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

One ironic element of Mark Twain's story is the ease with which the celebrated frog is defeated. The eponymous amphibian turns out a total disappointment, not through its own fault, but because of...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020 6:57 pm UTC

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