Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Mark Twain used his unique writing style to present his trip to Hawaii for the Sacramento Daily Union.

1) Explain what Twain's two main objectives were in writing his Letters from Hawaii.

2) Analyze how Twain used his writing style to achieve both of the above objectives, including at least three examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Twain's objections to the naming of the Pacific Ocean, using his experience aboard the Ajax as his motivation. Also, provide an explanation of how the Pacific actually received its name, who named it, and what you think some of the possible reasons were for naming it the Pacific.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the benefits of steam ships that Twain listed in his letters. Include the mechanics behind a steam engine, what made it so effective, and three examples of what Twain thought steamers should be used for in the future.

Essay Topic 4

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