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2. The duke and the dauphin (also called the king) are going to travel with Huck Finn and Jim for a number of chapters. They appear in one of the novel’s longer episodes. Why do you think Mark Twain might spend so much time writing about them? In what ways do you think the duke and dauphin might complicate Huck’s task of helping Jim achieve freedom? Chapter 20: What Royalty Did to Parkville 1. What is the duke and the dauphin’s first scam? 2. What does the duke make in order to create a cover story explaining why they’re on a raft with a runaway slave? How do you think this might resurface later in the story? Chapter 21: An Arkansaw Difficulty 1. For their next scam, the duke and the dauphin decide to stage a production of the balcony scene in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as well as the final sword-fight in Richard III . While practicing, the duke recites a false version of Hamlet’s soliloquy from Hamlet . Find a copy of the actual soliloquy. What lines are different in the duke’s version? Why do you think Mark Twain wrote this into the story? 2. Was Colonel Sherburn in the right, ethically speaking, to shoot Boggs? Why or why not? Chapter 22: Why the Lynching Bee Failed 1. Colonel Sherburn is one of the novel’s characters that Mark Twain uses to make a serious-minded argument, this time about the mob mentality. What does mob mentality mean, and what does Colonel Sherburn say about it? What do you think Mark Twain wants his readers to understand about mob mentality? Chapter 23: The Orneriness of Kings 1. In this chapter, we read about layers of tricks. How do the townsfolk trick the duke and the dauphin, and how do the duke and the dauphin trick the townsfolk? Think about satire; what is the satirical message that Mark Twain creates by writing this scene? 2. What story does Jim tell about his family? What does this tell us about Jim’s character?
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Huck Finn Reading Guide Ms. Smith Think about the rhetorical triangle (ethos, pathos, and logos). What appeal does Mark Twain use? Chapter 24: The King Turns Parson 1. What do the duke and the dauphin do that completely disgusts Huck Finn? Based on Huck’s reaction to their behavior, describe Huck’s sense of morality. What are his ethics for deciding that the duke and the dauphin are bad people? Chapter 25: All Full of Tears and Flapdoodle 1. How do the townsfolk respond to the duke and the dauphin’s disguises? If the townsfolk represent real Southerners, what is Mark Twain’s criticism about this population? Chapter 26: I Steal the King’s Plunder 1. There is a malapropism in the first paragraph of this chapter. What word does Huck use incorrectly? What word does he actually mean? What is the definition for each word? (Hint: It’s towards the end of the paragraph. The correct word sounds the same as the incorrect one). 2. What would Anti-Transcendentalists say about the duke and the dauphin? What would Transcendentalists say about Mary Jane?
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