The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Questions and Answers
by Mark Twain

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Why does Tom Sawyer avoid school? What doesn't he like about it?  

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Tom Sawyer considers school "captivity" and has an especially hard time facing it on Monday mornings, after a weekend of freedom from its "fetters." Tom does his best to get out of school on a Monday morning, feigning that he's sick and then wandering in slowly. He is usually late.

Tom's problems are threefold: he gets into trouble for talking back to the teacher and being impudent; he has too much energy to sit still; and he doesn't have much interest in his...

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tom does not like school because to him it is like a prison and it is not much fun. he thinks school is just something adults use to take away some of the playing time of children.