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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Questions

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  1. What would The Adventures of Tom Sawyer look like if it were told from the perspective of Injun Joe?
  2. Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly; he is the son of her deceased sister. Why does Twain choose to place him in this family situation?
  3. Is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer simply a comical retelling of Twain's youth in Missouri, or is it something more? What does it say about American culture in the middle of the nineteenth century?
  4. With the exception of Judge Thatcher, Tom doesn't really have any adult, male role models. He certainly doesn't want to end up like the drunk Muff Potter, the vicious Injun Joe, or the mean schoolmaster. What impact does this have on him?

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