In CliffsNotes on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, you experience the exciting adventures of a typical boy during the mid-nineteenth century. The characters—Tom himself, Becky Thatcher, Huck Finn, Injun Joe, and Aunt Polly—have become part of American heritage.
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About the Author
A Fullbright scholar at the University of Vienna, JAMES L. ROBERTS was Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He taught extensively at major universities throughout the world.
Table of Contents
Life and Background.
Introduction to the Novel.
Chapter I: Tom Plays, Fights, and Hides.
Chapter II: The Glorious Whitewasher.
Chapter III: Busy at War and Love.
Chapters IV and V: Showing Off in Sunday-School;
The Pinch-Bug and His Prey.
Chapters IX, X, and XI: Tragedy in the Graveyard;
Dire Prophecy of the Howling Dog;
Conscience Racks Tom.
Chapter XII: The Cat and the Pain Killer.
Chapters XIII and XIV: The Pirate Crew Set Sail;
Happy Camp of the Freebooters.
Chapters XV and XVI: Tom's Stealthy Visit Home;
First Pipes--"I've Lost My Knife".
Chapters XVII and XVIII: Pirates at Their Own Funeral;
Tom Reveals His Dream Secret.
Chapters XIX and XX: The Cruelty of "I Don't Think";
Tom Takes Becky's Punishment.
Chapter XXI: Eloquence--The Master's Gilded Dome.
Chapter XXII: Huck Finn Quotes Scriptures.
Chapters XXIII and XXIV: The Salvation of Muff Potter;
Splendid Days and Fearful Nights.
Chapters XXV and XXVI: Seeking the Buried Treasure Real Robbers Seize the Box of Gold.
Chapters XXVII and XXVIII: Trembling on the Trail;
In the Lair of Injun Joe.
Chapters XXIX and XXX: Huck Saves the Widow;
Tom and Becky in the Cave.
Chapters XXXI and XXXII: Found and Lost Again; "Turn Out! They're Found!".
Chapters XXXIII and XXXIV: The Fate of Injun Joe;
Floods of Gold.
Chapter XXXV: Respectable Huck Joins the Gang;
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