The Autobiography of Mark Twain Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How do we know that not everything in this book is true?

Neider closes this introduction by reminding the reader that not everything Twain says is fact. Twain admits a couple of times in the book that he doesn't think everything he wrote was as it happened but says it will serve just as well as the truth.

2. To what does Twain compare writing his autobiography?

Twain says he wants to speak as freely as a person does when writing a love letter and assured of privacy. He compares writing his autobiography to writing a love letter to life.

3. How did Twain's mother feel about slavery?

Though she never spoke against slavery, Twain's mother hated unkindness or injustice. She would remind Twain that many of the boys he saw had been taken from their homes and families.

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