Study Guide

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Characters

By Mark Twain

Jim Smiley

If you want to be fancy about it, you might say Jim Smiley is a man addicted to gambling. Or...

The Stranger

Though we know very little about the stranger, we do know that he isn’t impressed by...

Simon Wheeler

Though Simon Wheeler is bald and lazy, and seems simple, he may be cleverer than he looks....

The Narrator

The narrator is an educated man from the East who is traveling west. Along the way, he does a...

Dan’l Webster

Dan’l Webster is the frog that Smiley educates to jump higher, faster, and farther than any...

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was the name of the dog that Jim Smiley had. To anyone but Smiley, it looked like...