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 really hard to memorize verses from the Bible, which is an ongoing competition held during Sunday School. This competition consists on collecting tickets that are given to the kids who win at knowing the most Bible verses from week to week.
Tom is frustrated because, in contrast to Sid, he has a lot of trouble memorizing the verses.In typical Tom fashion, he tries to devise a way by which he can become the winner, especially since Judge Thatcher-a very important man in town- will award the child with the most tickets a luxuriously-bound, brand new Bible in front of all the other children. All this attention is too tempting for Tom.
Therefore, Tom tricks some of the Sunday School boys by convincing them to trade their tickets for silly gifts that he would give them in return. In the end, Tom ends up with the most tickets and wins the competition altogether.
As Tom is called to receive his prize, everyone naturally assumes that Tom would be the child with the most knowledge of the Bible.
No doubt you know the names of all the twelve disciples. Won’t you tell us the names of the first two that were appointed?
However, Tom reveals his ignorance on the topic when, under the pressure, he shouts out the first answer that comes to his head:
David and Goliath!!!
We never know what happens afterwards, as the narrator (to save Tom's least bit of dignity) says:
Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene.
We can imagine that Tom does not have a very good day after that occurs.