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  • 1 Mark Twain is considered as the greatest author and humorist of 19th Century American Literature. 2 List Mark Twains famous works. Do you know about his early life?
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  • Samuel Clemens, more commonly known as Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. Twain is considered the greatest author and humorist of 19th Century American Literature ( ). His novels and stories about the Mississippi River: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1894) are still popular with modern readers.
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  • In 1839 the Clemens family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, on the Mississippi River where young Sam experienced the excitement and colorful sights of the waterfront ( ) Like many authors of his day he had little formal education. His education came from the print shops and newspaper offices where he worked as a youth.In 1853 Clemens left Hannibal to travel.On a trip to New Orleans he persuaded a riverboat pilot to teach him his skill. By the spring of 1859 Clemens was a licensed riverboat pilot.
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  • After an unsuccessful attempt at gold and silver mining he joined the staff of a newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada. He first wrote under the pen name Mark Twain in 1863. Twain wrote his first popular story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in 1865.
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  • He continued to travel as a reporter for various newspapers, and in 1869 his travel letters from Europe were collected into the popular book The Innocents Abroad.Encouraged by his success Twain married Olivia Langdon and settled down in Hartford, Connecticut to his most productive years as a writer. Between 1873 and 1889 he wrote seven novels including his Mississippi River books as well as The Prince and the Pauper (1882) and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court (1889)
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  • As Twains life and career progressed he became pessimistic ( ), losing much of the humorous tone of his earlier years. More and more of his work expressed the view that human beings are selfish. Even so Twain is best remembered as a great humorist.
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  • 1 What would you like to do if you have a million pound bank note? ________________________________________________ I will buy my favorite things./I will help the poor.
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  • 2 Read the brief introduction to the characters of the play and fill in the blanks. (1)Henry, a businessman. poor American
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  • (2), Oliver and Roderick made a bet on what would happen to a person if he was given a million pound bank note. Two rich brothers
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  • Scan the passage and then choose the best answers according to the passage. 1 Why did the two brothers give Henry Adams an envelope? A They wanted to play a trick on Henry. B They had a pity on Henry. C They made a bet. D Henry was not an Englishman. 2 How did Henry Adams feel when he got an envelope from the brothers? A Sad. B Happy. C Astonished. D He took it for granted.
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  • 3 Henry came to Britain for the first time in his life ________. A to find a better life B to make an adventure C all by accident D to find the two brothers 4 Why did Henrys eyes stare at the leftovers on the brothers table? A Because he had never seen such a nice dinner. B Because he wanted to help them clean the table. C Because he was very hungry. D Because he was angry.
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  • 5.Why was Oliver so happy when hearing Henry say he had no money? A Because they could do something good for him. B Because they were interested to find so poor a man. C Because they could show off their bank note to him. D Because they finally found the right person for their bet. 1 5 CCCCD
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  • 1 Read the passage and then answer the following questions. (1)Where does Henry Adams come from? Does he know much about London? __________________________________________________ Henry comes from San Francisco. No, he doesnt know London at all.
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  • (2)Why did he land in Britain? ________________________________________________ He was sailing out the bay when he was carried out to sea by a strong wind and was saved by a ship for London.
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  • 2 Read the passage and put the following statements in the correct order according to the development of the story. ______ A Henry promises not to open the letter until one and a half hours later. ______ B Henry introduces himself to the two rich brothers. ______ C The two rich brothers give a letter with a bank note in it to Henry. ______ D The two rich brothers invite Henry to their big and beautiful house.
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  • ______ E Henry wanders on the streets of London hungry and alone. ______ F Henry decides to accept the money. ______ G Henry is unwilling to accept the money, for he just wants to have an honest job. 5 4 2 3 7 6 1
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  • 3 Read the passage and try to write down the main idea of the passage. The text is a story about a(n)________businessman who is lost in London but is________enough to be invited to a big house by two rich brothers and________an envelope with a million pound bank note in it by them who have made a bet. American; fortunate/lucky; given
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  • Read the passage carefully and fill in the blanks. Henry Adams, an American 1., was carried out to sea by 2. in his own boat. He spent a helpless night on the sea until 3.. Luckily, he was spotted and saved by a ship.Then he 4. by working for free on the board.After he landed in Britain, he went to 5. for help, but without luck. businessman a strong wind earned his passage the next morning the American embassy
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  • One day, he 6. on the street when he was called into a large house owned by two old Englishmen, who asked him a few questions. Henry answered that he was looking for 7. in London and asked whether they could offer any. They didnt answer directly but gave Henry 8. which they said contained a sum of money. They also asked Henry to promise 9. until 2 oclock.Henry thought it was 10. but accepted it. was wandering a job a letter not to open it silly
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  • Think about what kind of person Henry was? ____________________________________________________ (1)He was honest.(It is my first trip here. Well, to be honest, I have none. Well, I cant say that I have any plans.) (2)He was hardworking.(I earned my passage by working as an unpaid hand. Could you offer me some kind of work here? I dont want your charity, I just want an honest job.)


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