Literature Quest: Mark Twain Edition

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Literature Quest Mark Twain Edition

Today’s post is the debut of the Literature Quest. Our first subject is November birthday boy Mark Twain, born on November 30, 1835. Literature Quests will provide a short study of an author and his or her work. You can use these as short unit studies or as simply a short adventure.

Learn about Mark Twain

Who was Mark Twain? Let’s find out more about this literary giant. You can visit his official website for your research.

  • Mark Twain was a pen name. What was his real name?
  • If you were to choose a pen name, what would it be?
  • Why do authors sometimes use pen names?
  • Name other authors you know with a pen name.
  • How many states did Twain live in?
  • Where did he write many of his books?
  • List some fun facts about Mark Twain.
  • The third and final volume of his autobiography was published recently. He requested that it not be published until 100 years after his death. Find out why!

Mark Twain’s Books

Have you read any books by Mark Twain?

  • List any books you’ve already read.
  • Name books he wrote that you have not read.
  • What did his books focus on?
  • What kind of books did he write?
  • How did his childhood and vocation influence his writing?

Mark Twain Quotes & Websites

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. – Mark Twain

Mr. Twain was known for his wit and commentary. Do you know any of his famous sayings?

Mark Twain and his work represent some of the quintessential American icons. It’s a must stop along any homeschooling journey.

Other iHN bloggers are sharing birthday posts today- who will you learn about?

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