The Autobiography of Mark Twain Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long does it take for Twain to find out which girl saw him naked as a boy?

2. What did Twain decide to do after becoming a local celebrity?

3. Where did Twain meet the man who died in 1907?

4. Where did Twain go after leaving Nevada?

5. What does Twain say protected him from his gullible nature?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sad news did Twain get in 1907?

2. What did Twain do after he became a local celebrity?

3. How did Twain's feelings about practical jokes change over his lifetime?

4. What are Twain's pet peeves?

5. What was Twain made fun of for when he first went to school?

6. What did Twain realize while writing "Tom Sawyer"?

7. What did Clara do to shield her mother from news of Jean's sickness?

8. Who published "Huckleberry Finn," and how successful was it?

9. How would Orion spend most of his days?

10. What did Twain say showed his intense vanity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anger rears its ugly head a number of times in this book. What are some examples of this, and how was Twain's life altered because of these incidents?

Essay Topic 2

How did the relationship between Twain and Olivia change throughout the course of their lives, and how did these changes affect the characters around them?

Essay Topic 3

Twain and his father are both very dynamic leaders and father figures in this book. What are the differences in the two styles of leadership, and how do these differences affect their characters, their family, and their role in the plot?

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