ebruary 17, 1992

English: Book Report 7-K

I. Introduction

A. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

B. This type of book is realistic fiction.

C. The main character is Thomas Sawyer, a twelve year old

boy, whose parents are dead. Tom lives with his aunt, Polly. Tom

is busy either making trouble or thinking up new schemes. Another

character is Huckelberry Finn, hated by all mothers and loved by

all children. Tom is friends with Huck and they share many

adventures together. Becky Thatcher, the daughter of a judge, who

likes Tom but sometimes fights with him. Injun Joe is an indian

who kills someone named Dr. Robinson and makes everyone believe

that the real killer is a man named Muff Potter. Mr. Potter, a

nice man, helps Tom and Huck to fish and fly kites.

D. This story takes place in St. Petersburg, Missouri, in the


E. The main problem in this story is the many ways which Tom

tries to avoid Injun Joe because as a witness to the murder of Dr.

Robinson, Injun Joe is trying to kill Tom. Poor Tom also has to

deal with being punished on a Saturday when he could be out

playing. The last problem is how Becky and Tom will escape from a



Tom, Sid, Tom' half brother, and Tom's Aunt Polly were sitting

down at the table eating supper. Aunt Polly asked Tom questions

hinting that she suspected him of playing hooky and going swimming

instead of going to school. Aunt Polly gave up but then Sid

pointed out that Tom had a different color thread than the one Aunt

Polly sewed on Tom's collar. Tom's punishment was to whitewash the

fence, but Tom wanted to go out and play. Tom used reverse

psychology to make his friends think that whitewashing was an honor

and they even gave him trinkets for the honor of whitewashing the


At school, Tom meets a new girl, Becky Thatcher, daughter of

Judge Thatcher. Becky and Tom both like each other but Tom

mentioned that he was engaged to Amy, and Becky hated him for it.

Tom and his friend Huck go to the cemetery with a dead cat, a

supposed wart cure. While at the cemetery they see Injun Joe kill

Dr. Robinson while blaming Muff Potter. Both Tom and Huck swear to

themselves that they will not say a thing about the murder.

One day when looking for treasures in a haunted house, Tom and

Huck overhear Injun Joe talking with another man about finding

treasures. Tom and Huck decide to track the men in order to find

the treasures which the men hide in "the number 2".

Becky invites Tom to a picnic and they both end up getting

lost inside a cave. Finally they find an opening in the cave and

slip out without Injun Joe, who was there, realizing that Tom and

Becky were there too. Becky's father decides to seal the cave so

that no one will get lost in there. Tom asks that Judge Thatcher

open the cave and they find Injun Joe's dead body. Tom returns to

the cave with Huck and they notice a number 2 printed on the wall,

the mark of the hidden treasure. Tom and Huck find the treasures

under a big rock and bring their wealth back with them from the



A. My favorite character is Huck Finn because he is so free

and doesn't worry about school or parents. He has the freedom to

pick up Tom in the middle of the night and not worry about being

caught. While the other children in the book are at school, Huck

is rela and probably smoking without being criticized or

punished for doing it.


I enjoyed reading this book because it has many ideas and

adventures that I can easily relate to. This book was not hard to

follow but it did have some challenging vocabulary words.

V. I would rate this book, on a scale of 1 - 5, a 4. I would

recommend this book because it was put together nicely and well

written. Mark Twain is a fine writer who writes interestingly,

using metaphors, similes, etc.

VI. 1. vise - noun, a two jawed instrument which holds things

steady while they are being worked on.

2. zephyr - noun, the west wind named after the ancient Greek

god, Zephyrs; or any gentle breeze.

3. clandestinely - adverb, secretly.

4. conflagration - noun, a great destructive fire.

5. vivacity - noun, liveliness and animation.


1. At the beginning of the book I would agree with Twain's

description of the story as a "hymn to boyhood". The book warmly

tells the story of childhood, especially boyhood. Although as the

book progresses we see more and more of Tom as a boy becoming a

man, maturing as all boys eventually do.


aventures of talm sayer bymark twain

Word Count: 819

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