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Mark Twain Trivia
Test your knowledge of Mark Twain and his work

What important action did Samuel Clemens take relating to his pseudonym?
He officially changed his name to Twain.

He refused to explain the origins of the name.

He trademarked the name.

He refused to answer to Clemens.


Twain was among the very first American authors to use what invention?
The ballpoint pen

The typewriter

The telephone

Carbon copy paper


What famous author was a neighbor of Twain's in Hartford, Connecticut?
Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

Louisa May Alcott, author of LITTLE WOMEN

Henry James, author of PORTRAIT OF A LADY

Helen Hunt Jackson, author of RAMONA


Which of his books was the most popular during Twain's lifetime?
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI

THE INNOCENTS ABROAD


What list do Twain's THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER rank high on?
They are among the most assigned texts in U.S. classrooms.

They have elicited more abridgements and study aids than most other titles by American authors.

They have spawned more TV and movie versions than any other 19th-century novels.

They are on the American Library Association's list of the top fifty most banned books in America.


Which is not a quotation from Mark Twain?
Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

Always do right. That will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest.

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will.


What phenomenon marked the birth and death of Mark Twain?
The eruption of the Krakatoa volcano

The appearance of Halley's Comet

Severe flooding in Johnstown, PA

The assassination of an American president

Additional sources and further information: THE OXFORD COMPANION TO MARK TWAIN; Mark Twain on pbs.org.




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