Mark Twain Bio
What quote Of Twain’s did President Truman keep on his desk?
“Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest.”
What was his trademark clothing?
What city did he grow up in?
What kind of childhood did he have?
Poor but happy, after the age of 11 he had no formal education
When Twain was 12, he lost his father. What job did he take to support his family?
a printer’s apprentice
In 1857 what city did he visit and love?
At age 22, what proffesion did he engage in? what was he good at?
Steamboat pilot, yes
What was his involvment in the civil war?
Volunteer brigade/ stole farmer’s pigs/skinny dipped/ no desire to fight for either side
Why did Twain move to the Territory of Nevada in 1861?
`His brother helped lincoln get elected. in return twain helped his bro get a governement job west
what did he do while his business partners mined?
spinning yards in saloons (telling stories)
Name other pseudonyms he used
grumbler, rambler, josh, john snooks, Thomas Jefferson Snoodgrass
What did the pseudonym MArk Twain mean? What did he later say it meant? Why did he possibly change it?
Mark twain measure the depth of the river at 12 foot (2 fathoms)/ MArk two drinks on my tab/bill. He didnt want a bad reputauion
What did he write that caused a stir in the Territorial Enterprise
a man who kills his family and rides through the town with his throat cut
What did he think people wanted to read?
Gory (gory means violence) things, people like to be fooled
When in San fransisco, who did twain defend
In Hawaii, why did he sit on the clothes of naked girls?
So they wouldnt be stolen
how does he meet his future wife, olivia langdon
Charles langdon (her bro) introduces them. he met Charles on the steamboat Quaker City
How many letters did he write over a two year period?
What did her parents demand?
What did he think of Europe? What did he find all over?
Thought it was silly / nails that crucified Christ
What was the guilded age
government corruption, greed, search for material possession (gold rush)
What is ironic about twains criticism of this age
Mark twain sought material possessions and wealth. He endorsed producta.
what invention was Twain the first to have?
first private telephone
What did he invent?
What products did he endorse?
cigars,sewing machines, cough syrup
How did he help a defeated and dying Ulysses s.
helped him write his memories
what is huck finn about?
huck finn speaks out against slavery as he helps the slave Jim escape
how does huck feel on the river
free but lonely
what could dinner guests expect at the twain household
to be entertained, 20 minute monologue
What investment did he make that caused him to go bankrupt
page type setter
what bad news does he receive after a popular world tour?
susie, his daughter that most understood him died of menanjitis
what honorary degree did he receive in 1907?
oxford university doctorate degree
at the turn of the century how did people feel about twain?
imensely popular,at the peak of his fame
What did he wear to his daughter’s wedding? why?
His graduation gown from oxford/ he was proud
Who were the angelfish? Why were they important to Twain?
the 10-16 year old girls he spent time with/ they reminded him of Susie
When he died, what kind of man did America lose?
a man of optimism/ a man who never gave up