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How does Mark Twain reveal his prejudice toward foreign culture? Do these prejudices subside toward the end of his journey? If so, explain at what point his viewpoints change.

How does humor play a part in helping the passengers overcome their fatigue during the long excursion? Give examples of humor being substituted for frustration.

Why do you think Mark Twain was surprised about the welcoming reception by the Russian Emperor? How does this reception change his opinion of royalty?

Why do Twain and his companions keep renaming people and places? Is this a positive trait of their character (humor) or a negative trait (prejudice)?

Discuss the moments when Mark Twain focuses all of his attention on the journey, but completely disregards the destination.

What do the mischievous deeds — such as the chiseling of the relics and jumping quarantine — say about the characters of the Americans...

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