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specify (verb): to clearly define
establish (verb): to cause to be recognized and accepted
cohesive (adjective): unified
constrain (verb): to hold back or limit
xenophobia (noun): a fear of foreign people
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
What? Talk it over with your groups. (Hint: Mark Twain was almost always being ironic or sarcastic.)
- What would you have done for fun in 1835?
- What chore/work did you always want to do as a kid, but now that you have to do it, you don’t want to any more?
- Slang: truck, lick, dander up, powerful warm, lam, suck eggs
Read the Author’s Preface.
Groups: What two reasons does Mark Twain give for writing this book?