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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This allusion was probably included for two reasons. The first is that Tom and Becky are “imprisoned” in the cave. When they first arrive, the cave seems a magical place, and they wander into...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 4:47 pm UTC

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Since the other descriptive used in the phrase is "ribbon-decked," the term "lawn-clad" must relate to clothing or fabric of some kind. "Lawn" is a type of light cotton fabric. The word "clad"...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2007 10:29 pm UTC

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The pupils received a blue ticket for reciting two verses of the bible. Ten blue tickets equalled one red ticket and ten red tickets equalled one yellow ticket. For ten yellow tickets a pupil could...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 1:23 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found at the very beginning of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In Chapter 1, Aunt Polly says the thing Tom hates more than anything else is work. Tom...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2016 7:30 pm UTC

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There is no one way to describe the atmosphere or mood of the story. At the beginning of the novel, the mood is carefree and humorous. Tom is a mischievous boy who likes to have fun. He gets in...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015 10:40 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 2 of the novel. In my opinion, it is the best part of the book because it completely convinces readers that Tom is quite capable of selling...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019 10:12 pm UTC

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Tom wants excitement and adventure. In Tom's opinion, life should never be boring. He doesn’t want adults to tell him what to do. He doesn’t want to spend his days doing chores or sitting in...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016 5:06 pm UTC

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The character of Jim the slave adds a certain local color to Twain's portrayal of life in the antebellum South. Slavery was an intrinsic part of Southern society and so it would've been impossible...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2018 6:21 am UTC

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It sounds to me like you need to come up with a different title for Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. That is an interesting problem, because I have always thought that the title to the...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 2:46 pm UTC

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It's the hapless Muff Potter who ends up being thrown in jail, where he awaits trial for the murder of Dr. Robinson. One spooky night in the cemetery, Dr. Robinson was out robbing graves with old...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 9:35 am UTC

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Tom creates chaos by playing with a bug and a dog in church. Tom does not like church much. He trades for Sunday School tickets instead of memorizing verses. In order to keep him under control,...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 2:01 am UTC

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Muff Potter has been accused of the murder of Dr. Robinson. One night, he went along with the doctor and Injun Joe on a grave-robbing expedition at the local cemetery. The men got into an argument,...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2018 5:22 am UTC

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I'm not sure where in the book you are referring to, but it's probably chapter 31, when Tom and Becky are lost in the cave. Tom has the idea to check one of the side passages for an exit, so he...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2008 11:54 pm UTC

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In Chapter 22, Tom thinks the storm is intended for him because he has a guilty conscience. It is summer, and Tom is at a bit of a loss as to what to do with himself. In addition, he is still...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 2:18 pm UTC

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Understanding the question becomes easier when you put it in context. Aunt Polly has been calling and looking for Tom without any response. She is becoming rather exasperated with the search, so...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2012 12:00 am UTC

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A good question. You are correct that the tone shifts at times. In the preface, for example, there is more of a direct appeal, almost as if Twain were marketing his book to potential readers. After...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2008 2:35 am UTC

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As Huck Finn is describing the intruders to the Welshman, he makes the mistake of describing the speech of the deaf and mute Spaniard. The Welshman realizes now that Huck knows more than he is...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2008 12:13 pm UTC

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As a respectable, God-fearing woman, Aunt Polly wants Tom to attend Sunday school and church. But for Tom, it's all a bit of a bore. He doesn't like being told what to do, especially if it involves...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2018 12:30 pm UTC

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We are not explicitly told where Tom gets his ideas for what sort of things to pretend to be. We have to infer it for ourselves. The only real possibility is that Tom has read about pirates and...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2011 11:35 pm UTC

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In chapter 12, Tom is depressed about Becky's unexplained absence from school, which his Aunt sees as an illness that needs to be treated. Always a fan of the latest health fads, she decides that...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

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Tom likes all kinds of activities, especially if they give him an excuse for not going to school. Skipping school opens up all kinds of possibilities for fun and games for this mischievous young...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 4:48 am UTC

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Tom tells Becky that he is going to be a circus clown when he grows up, and they make a lot of money. Tom is quite infatuated with Becky. He tries to impress her. He asks her if she has ever...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 12:03 am UTC

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In chapter 4 of Mark Twain's novel Tom Sawyer, Tom is getting ready for Sunday school along with his half brother, Mary and he is less than happy to be going. His main problem is that he has tried...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011 6:32 am UTC

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A juvenile is an old-fashioned word for a teenager or young adult. And a pariah is an outcast from society. Both of these descriptions are entirely appropriate for Huckleberry Finn. Huck's not a...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 12:23 pm UTC

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The graveyard is old and overgrown. According to Huck, you can cure warts with a dead cat if you take it to the graveyard at midnight "when somebody that was wicked has been buried." You then have...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 5:26 pm UTC

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Tom and Huck decide to keep mum about the graveyard incident because they are afraid of the wrath of Injun Joe. If the boys do tell and things happen as they should, Injun Joe will hang, but if,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2008 11:13 am UTC

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Huck is speaking here to Joe on the island, while Tom listens. These "things" are the treasures or small toys and items that Tom has left to Huck and Joe if he doesn't return. Huck is saying that...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2019 11:49 am UTC

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Like most children's novels, Tom Sawyer is set in the past, the remembered childhood home of the author. In this case, that past is Twain's, and in the setting of St. Petersburg in the 1840s, Twain...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019 1:15 pm UTC

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Tom Sawyer considers several careers in chapter 8. After Becky rejects him, he wants to run off and start a life of adventure., that way he can return to St. Petersburg someday long in the future...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018 3:28 am UTC

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Twain, on the whole, does not want us to feel sympathetic toward Injun Joe. After all, Injun Joe is a thief and vengeful murderer. He kills Dr. Robinson, for instance, in revenge for Dr. Robinson...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 1:21 am UTC

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On the surface, the relationship between adults and kids is primarily adversarial. Tom is constantly trying to outmaneuver Aunt Polly so he can play all day without consequences, the school...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 6:16 pm UTC

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The last sentence of chapter 17 of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer reads: Tom got more cuffs and kisses that day -- according to Aunt Polly's varying moods -- than he had earned before...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 8:38 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer first thinks of becoming a pirate in chapter VIII, when he contemplates running away from St. Petersburg. He considers several other professions, such as clown and soldier, but finally...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 10:03 am UTC

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In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huck has been listening to Injun Joe and his partner plan the mutilation of the Widow Douglas—as they stand hidden right outside of her home. Because...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2011 10:01 am UTC

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Tom slips out secretly on the night before the start of Muff Potter’s trial. Potter has been framed for the murder of Dr Robinson by the villainous Injun Joe, who committed the murder himself, and...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 4:18 pm UTC

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Rather than stereotypes, it is useful to view the characters in Tom Sawyer as types. The difference? Many of the characters in the novel can be summed up as stereotypical, but Twain brings them to...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2007 12:33 am UTC

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The so-called "Model Boy" is identified in this chapter as Willie Mufferson. Twain uses the capitalized epithet to signify the disdain in which his protagonist, Tom Sawyer, holds the unfortunate...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019 2:44 pm UTC

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In chapter 13 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the three young pirates who meet on Jackson's Island are Tom Sawyer, the Black Avenger of the Spanish Main; Huck Finn, the Red-Handed; and Joe Harper,...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 12:41 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter 6. Tom draws a house and a man. Although he draws them very badly, Becky Thatcher must be at least a little bit impressed. We can tell that...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 8:09 am UTC

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Aunt Polly punishes Tom by making him whitewash a picket fence that runs next to the sidewalk. It's a beautiful Saturday morning, and Tom longs to be out having fun, as he had planned to do on his...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 2:16 am UTC

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In the composition a reflection paper, an essential component is the interaction of the writer with the text. Therefore, the writer will integrate his personal reactions and thoughts with what he...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2014 5:54 pm UTC

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The short answer to this question is that Muff Potter's lawyer in his murder trial calls Tom Sawyer to the stand as a witness for the defense. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn both know that Muff Potter...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2010 10:08 am UTC

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While there are several important themes in Tom Sawyer, one of the most important might be personal freedom. Tom spends much of the book trying to escape societal convention, and pushing back...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013 8:38 pm UTC

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At the heart of this whimsical novel is the theme of friendship. The antics of the friends Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are known to many Americans who have not even read this novel. Together Tom and...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2009 2:39 pm UTC

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In chapter 5, Tom Sawyer is in church. He sits next to Aunt Polly, Sid, and Mary. He's asked to sit near the aisle, in order that he might be as far away from the open window and the seductive...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018 5:31 am UTC

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The life of a pirate seems so exciting to Tom, Huck, and Joe Harper. Tom paints a romanticized picture of life on the high seas for those who sail under the skull and crossbones. Pirates get to...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019 8:11 am UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

There is no one single plot in the novel. As the title indicates, the book tells many stories covering some of the adventures Tom experiences as he interacts with the people and places around Saint...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011 5:32 am UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The answer to this question changes as the novel progresses. At the beginning of the novel, Tom comes across as a fun-loving trickster, making mischief for his own entertainment and gain. This is...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016 4:02 am UTC

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There are many minor conflicts within the story, but the main conflict is between Tom, Huck, and Injun Joe. Tom and Huck spend most of the book either trying to get the treasure from Injun Joe or...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018 6:55 am UTC

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In the opening chapter of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” Aunt Polly, described as “the elderly woman” is looking for Tom. She finds him after he sneaks up behind her. He has been hiding in the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2009 1:00 pm UTC

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