Discussion question – The adventures of Tom Sawyer: How does the Widow Douglas try to regulate Huck’s life

  1. How does the Widow Douglas try to regulate Huck’s life? Why does Huck want to escape?
  2. What qualities does Tom Sawyer possess that make the others always choose him as the Captain, or the Chief or the General or the Number One person in any game?
  3. What human qualities does Aunt Polly exhibit in her behavior toward Tom?
  4. ¬†Discuss Twain’s use of superstition throughout the novel and show how these superstitions affect the various actions.
  5. Discuss how each of the minor characters is important to the entire novel: Judge Thatcher; Mr. Dobbins, the schoolmaster; Muff Potter; Mr. Jones, the Welshman; Amy Lawrence; and Joe Harper.
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