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The Life of Samuel Clemens

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The Life of Samuel Clemens game quiz
"This quiz is on the life of Samuel Clemens, the wonderful American writer whose pen name was Mark Twain."

15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit  



1. What was Samuel Clemens middle name?
    Laoghaire
    Lampton
    Langhorne
    Langdon


2. Was Samuel Clemens born in Hannibal, Missouri?
    Yes
    No


3. When Samuel Clemens was fourteen, he was apprenticed to learn which of the following occupations?
    Typesetting
    Piloting a riverboat
    House painting
    Bookkeeping


4. What tragedy befell Samuel Clemens family in 1858?
    Clemens sister died in childbirth.
    His brother died as a result of a riverboat explosion.
    The family's home was destroyed in a hurricane.
    His mother was committed to a mental hospital.


5. In what year did Samuel Clemens write his first article under the pen name Mark Twain?
    1880
    1853
    1863
    1873


6. How many times was Samuel Clemens married?
    Two
    Four
    Three
    One


7. What was the first novel that Clemens wrote alone using the pen name Mark Twain?
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    The Prince and the Pauper
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


8. Was the character Huckleberry Finn based on an actual person?
    Yes
    No


9. Which of the following is not an invention on which Samuel Clemens held a patent?
    Mark Twain's Elastic Strap (device that tightened trousers at the waist)
    Mark Twain's Patent Scrapbook (a self-pasting scrapbook)
    Mark Twain's Mechanical Pen (a type of ballpoint pen)
    Mark Twain's Memory-Builder Game (a game of history trivia)


10. What was one of the reasons that Samuel Clemens went bankrupt in 1894?
    He heavily financed an automated typesetting machine that did not work.
    Clemens lost a copyright lawsuit.
    He lost much of his money in a railroad deal with Henry Flagler.
    He had heavy gambling losses.


11. During the years that Clemens lived in Hartford, Connecticut, one of his neighbors was Clara Barton.
    True
    False


12. What university awarded Samuel Clemens the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature in 1907?
    Oxford
    Princeton
    Cambridge
    Harvard


13. Was Samuel Clemens actually ever a Mississippi riverboat pilot?
    Yes
    No


14. How many of Samuel Clemens's four children outlived him?
    Two
    One
    Three
    All four


15. How old was Samuel Clemens when he passed away?
    85 years old
    70 years old.
    65 years old
    75 years old


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Compiled Jun 28 12