The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Questions and Answers
by Mark Twain

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

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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. Twain uses the outer story of the narrator looking for a man who might not even exist to set the tone for the tall tale that Simon Wheeler tells about the jumping frog. Wheeler seems to habitually trap people into listening to his unlikely yarns, as he does the narrator in this instance. At the end of the frog story, Wheeler attempts to begin another tall tale, but the narrator manages to get away first.

The story that Wheeler tells the narrator is the one about the jumping frog of the title. He says that a man named Jim Smiley loved to bet on all sorts of things. Smiley had a frog named Dan'l Webster that he claimed could out-jump any other frog in Calaveras County. A stranger says that he'll take Smiley up on the bet but he doesn't have a frog. When Smiley goes to find another frog, the stranger...

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