Roughing It Book Summary and Study Guide

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The semi-autobiographical "Roughing It" is Mark Twain's somewhat fictional account of his real-life adventures in the 19th-century American West. He went west by stagecoach, to serve as his brother Orion's personal secretary. Orion had secured the position of being Secretary of the Nevada Territory. In this exciting, adventure-filled book, Twain recounts his experiences as a frontier newspaper reporter, a prospector, and a writer. By reading this book, one gets a first-hand account from a great writer who was not only on hand to observe history-in-the-making but also helped to make that history. Of course, as is true of any of the books Twain wrote, "Roughing It" is chock full of social commentary and hilarious observations about what he refers to elsewhere as "the only animal that blushes--or needs to."
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The review of this Book prepared by Gary L. Pullman

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Western    -   Yes Story primarily about    -   search for treasure

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Forest?    -   Yes Prairie?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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