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Mark Twain

November 30, 1835, Florida, Missouri
When and where was Mark Twain born?

He preferred to be with the slaves and listen to their stories.
What did he prefer to do on his uncle’s farm and why?

Hannibal, Missouri
Where did he move to when he was 4?

12
What age was Twain when his father died?

underdog
As a child, who did he love, the one most likely to win or the underdog?

Florida, Missouri
He was born in

steam boat pilot
What was Twain’s favorite job?

Civil War
What ended Twain’s riverboat career?

a few weeks
How long did Twain serve in the Confederate Army?

slavery
Clemens was a Southerner except on his views of what?

The Adventures Huckleberry Finn
Clemens’ views on slavery are reflected in what work?

California
Where did he unsuccessfully mine for gold with his brother?

2 fathoms, 12 feet deep
What does “Mark Twain” (a riverboat term) mean?

Nevada newspaper
Where did he first use the name “Mark Twain”?

1865
When did he write “The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County” (instant hit on the East Coast)

gave lectures
In his later years he did this as a job

Innocents Abroad
A humous story about Americans visiting Europe

The Famous Jumping Frog from Calavaras County
A story about a race in a goldmining town

growing up in Hannibal Missouri, the great Mississippi River, the wrongness of Slavery,
Major influences on Samuel Clemens

4
How many children did he have (include the son who died at infancy)?

Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass
A pen he used other than Mark Twain

new typesetting machine
What did he invest in that caused him to lose $190,000?

world lecture tour
What did he do to pay back his debt?

Twain gave America it’s voice and people began to look to America and Twain for reading entertainment
American writers before Twain were considered inferior to English writers

depressed/ his writing became more cynical
When did his wife die? How did he view life after his wife died ?

1910; 75
When and how old was he when he died?

Samuel Langhorne Clemens
What is Mark Twain’s real name?

Famous saying meaning – if things look bad and you are caught – tell the truth
When in doubt, tell the truth

Hally’s Comet
What natural phenomenon occured at Twain’s birth and death?

he was a sickly child unable to attend school or play outside until he was 9 or 10 years old. He was a prankster- very much like Tom Sawyer.
Clemen’s early childhood

Twain saying meaning people are basically foolish
April 1st. This is the day upon which we are eminded of what we are on the other 364.

Childhood memory
“They had the saddest faces I ever saw.” Speaking about seeing slaves chained together being sent off to a plantation in the south.

People are the only animals that blush in embarrassment, people do embarrassing things animals do not.
Man is the only animal that blushes, Or needs to.

ended travel on the Mississppi.
Beginning of the Civil War did this

Other people are quick to tell you what you are doing wrong, or other people should change to make you more comfortable.
Nothing so needs reforming( changing) as other people’s habits.

True
Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.

True
He denounced violence against Chinese immigrants in his newspaper articles.

throughout the United States and its territories, Europe, Asia, Bermuda, Greece, Turkey,Russia, Sandwich Islands in Hawaii etc.
Places he traveled

a trademark white suit , had wild white hair and mustache
In later years he wore

If you do what is right, some people will be pleased and some will be surprised
Always do right, that will gratify some of the people and astonish the rest

Langdon his son
died at 19 months.

Hartford, Conneticut
Upscale community that Twain moved to later in life.

Gilded Age
A work by Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satarized greed and ploitical corruption.

Extravagent house in Hartford, Connecticut
What put Twain in considerable debt?

False
Twain was always an emotionally strong person.

“Aunt Rachel” Character in Huck Finn
Mary Anne Cord (Slave from Virginia whose family was torn apart.)

True
Mark Twain’s father owned slaves.

Quarry Farm
Twain spent 20 of his last years at what farm?

“Huck Finn”
What famous character is based on Tom Blankenship?

quote from Huck Finn
“All Right then, I’ll go to Hell” Be able to explain this quote.

Quote from Twain
“The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

Twain’s observation of the failure of freeing the slaves
Inspiration for writing The AdventuresHuckleberry Finn

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