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MARK TWAIN TRIVIA

1) Which of Mark Twain's books begins with the following preface?

"PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."


The preface to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains the following warning: "PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."

2) What was the first book Mark Twain published?


Mark Twain published his first book, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, in 1867. The book contained 27 previously released pieces written during Twain's years as a newspaper writer in Nevada and California.

3) What pen name did Samuel Clemens use other than "Mark Twain"?


Prior to adopting Mark Twain as his pen name, Clemens wrote under the pseudonym Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass for three humorous pieces he contributed to the Keokuk Post.

4) In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, what secret does Tom keep from Huck and Jim during the execution of their elaborate plan to help Jim escape?


During the execution of their elaborate plan to help Jim escape, Tom neglected to tell Huck and Jim that Jim was already a free man. Old Miss Watson had died two months previously and, ashamed that she had ever intended to sell Jim, set him free in her will.

5) Mark Twain received an honorary degree from what university?


In 1907, Oxford University awarded Mark Twain the highest scholastic honorary degree--an honorary doctorate in letters.

6) Which of the following is NOT a book by Mark Twain?


Mark Twain did NOT write a book entitled Tom Sawyer's Buried Treasure. He DID write books entitled Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer: Detective, and The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson.

7) What was the name of Mark Twain's wife?


Mark Twain married Olivia Langdon in 1870. The couple remained married until Olivia died in 1904, and the sadness inherent in Twain's letters written after 1904 is often attributed to his depression over her death.

8) What was the name of the club that Twain founded for young girls?


In his later years, Mark Twain formed a sort of club for the daughters of several friends. He would entertain the Angelfish Club with stories and became a grandfather figure to the group.

9) In The Diaries of Adam and Eve, what animal does Adam mistake his son Cain for?


In The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Adam mistakes his son Cain for a fish. He says:

"It resembles us in some ways, and may be a relation. That is what she (Eve) thinks, but this is an error, in my judgment. The difference in size warrants the conclusion that it is a different and new kind of animal--a fish, perhaps, though when I put it in the water to see, it sank, and she plunged in and snatched it out before there was opportunity for the experiment to determine the matter."

10) In The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, what is Wilson's hobby?


In The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, Wilson's hobby is taking fingerprints. He stores a collection of fingerprints of the entire town and, in the end, uses this collection to solve a murder case.


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