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Character Traits and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published in 1876. It’s the story of Tom Sawyer, a
Missouri boy growing up in a small town on the Mississippi River. Tom is an orphan who lives with his Aunt Polly.
In the passage below, Tom and his friends Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper have run away to an island. The
townspeople, including Tom’s Aunt Polly, believe the boys have drowned and are searching the river for the boys’
bodies. Tom has crept back to the town to see what is happening. He has written a note to his aunt on a piece of bark.
At her house, as he tries to leave it at her bedside, a heart-broken Aunt Polly and some neighbors arrive. Tom then
hides under Aunt Polly’s bed.

•The Adventures of Tom Sawyer•
by Mark Twain

Chapter XV

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e had to keep still long after she went to bed, for she kept making broken-hearted exclamations from
time to time, tossing unrestfully, and turning over. But at last she was still, only moaning a little in her
sleep. Now the boy stole out, rose gradually by the bedside, shaded the candle-light with his hand, and
stood regarding her. His heart was full of pity for her. He took out his sycamore scroll and placed it by the candle.
But something occurred to him, and he lingered considering. His face lighted with a happy solution of his thought; he
put the bark hastily in his pocket. Then he bent over and kissed the faded lips, and straightway made his stealthy exit,
latching the door behind him.
He threaded his way back to the ferry landing, found nobody at large there, and walked boldly on board the boat,
for he knew she was tenantless except that there was a watchman, who always turned in and slept like a graven image.
He untied the skiff at the stern, slipped into it, and was soon rowing cautiously upstream. When he had pulled a mile
above the village, he started quartering across and bent himself stoutly to his work. He hit the landing on the other
side neatly, for this was a familiar bit of work to him. He was moved to capture the skiff, arguing that it might be
considered a ship and therefore legitimate prey for a pirate, but he knew a thorough search would be made for it and
that might end in revelations. So he stepped ashore and entered the woods.
List 10 character traits of Tom.
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• Bonus question •

What are three character traits
that Tom does not seem to have?

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So he stepped ashore and entered the woods. latching the door behind him. Now the boy stole out. rose gradually by the bedside.___________________________________________________________ mean _ ________________________ stupid _ ________________________ dull _ ________________________ independent 8. Tom has crept back to the town to see what is happening. •The Adventures of Tom Sawyer• by Mark Twain Chapter XV • H e had to keep still long after she went to bed. and he lingered considering. and turning over. Actual student’s answers will vary. He took out his sycamore scroll and placed it by the candle. Example of correct answers. ___________________________________________________________ brave 5. But at last she was still. only moaning a little in her sleep. The townspeople. His face lighted with a happy solution of his thought. Free for educational use at home or in classrooms. for she kept making broken-hearted exclamations from time to time. and walked boldly on board the boat. a heart-broken Aunt Polly and some neighbors arrive. kind 1. His heart was full of pity for her. Tom and his friends Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper have run away to an island. ___________________________________________________________ adventurous 4. ___________________________________________________________ careful 9.com. In the passage below. he put the bark hastily in his pocket. for this was a familiar bit of work to him. for he knew she was tenantless except that there was a watchman. He hit the landing on the other side neatly. ___________________________________________________________ • Bonus question • What are three character traits that Tom does not seem to have? patient 3. who always turned in and slept like a graven image. He has written a note to his aunt on a piece of bark. ___________________________________________________________ naughty 10. believe the boys have drowned and are searching the river for the boys’ bodies. and stood regarding her. a Missouri boy growing up in a small town on the Mississippi River. as he tries to leave it at her bedside. Tom is an orphan who lives with his Aunt Polly. But something occurred to him. . slipped into it. List 10 character traits of Tom. It’s the story of Tom Sawyer. including Tom’s Aunt Polly. Tom then hides under Aunt Polly’s bed. He threaded his way back to the ferry landing. tossing unrestfully. he started quartering across and bent himself stoutly to his work. arguing that it might be considered a ship and therefore legitimate prey for a pirate. Then he bent over and kissed the faded lips. and straightway made his stealthy exit.Name: ___________________________ Key Character Traits and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published in 1876.___________________________________________________________ clever 6. He untied the skiff at the stern. shaded the candle-light with his hand. At her house.___________________________________________________________ mischievous 7. He was moved to capture the skiff. __________________________________________________________ Copyright © 2014 K12reader. found nobody at large there. All Rights Reserved. When he had pulled a mile above the village. but he knew a thorough search would be made for it and that might end in revelations. ___________________________________________________________ caring 2. and was soon rowing cautiously upstream.