The Adventure of Tom Sawyer
is a famous novel by Mark Twain. It's a story about a boy, but it's much more than that. We first meet the impish Tom Sawyer, and the forbidden friend: Huckleberry Finn. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
- What are the conflicts in The Adventure of Tom Sawyer? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional)?
- How does Mark Twain reveal character in The Adventure of Tom Sawyer?
- What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- What are some symbols in The Adventure of Tom Sawyer? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- Is Tom Sawyer consistent in his actions? Is he a fully developed character? How? Why?
- Does Tom Sawyer change and/or develop as a human being?
- How does Tom relate to other characters in the book?
- Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?
- Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?
- What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
- How does the past figure into the novel?
- How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
- Would you recommend this novel to a friend?