Essay Topic 1
Describe Mark Twain's objectives of writing Roughing It. Use the information in the Prefatory to explain his reasons for chronicling his adventures and the style he intends to use in the book. Then, provide examples that display how Twain accomplishes his objectives on multiple levels.
Essay Topic 2
The beginning of the narrator's trip is a preview of the events that lie ahead for him as well as the overall tone of the book.
1) Describe the events that cause the narrator to travel to the West, including the anticipated length of the trip.
2) Explain the limitations of space and amenities on the mail coach that the narrator rides on and how that parallels one of the story's themes.
3) Describe some of the ironic situations or setbacks that the narrator encounters in the initial chapters and how they establish the author's tone in the book.
Essay Topic 3
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