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The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Transcript of The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Easterners v. Westerners
Twain’s friend and Twain
Simon Wheeler and Twain
The Stranger and Jim Smiley
Daniel Webster and Andrew Jackson
Population Vocab Words Dilapidated—reduced to or fallen into partial ruin decay
Garrulous—wordy, talks a lot, goes on and on
Inquire—to ask or question
Exasperate—to irritate or infuriate The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County By: Mark Twain
Journal Question: With the events that happen in the story and historical references from the events, do you think karma exists?
Analytical Questions 1.Twain clearly chose to name his characters carefully. What is significant about the names of the characters? Simon Wheeler, Jim Smiley, Andrew Jackson, and Daniel Webster.
2.How does this story illustrate Twain’s feelings about the American Dream?
3.The word calaveras means skulls in Spanish. It is also a county in California. The county was named after the word calaveras because there were remains of Native Americans found in that region. Why do you think Twain chose this county to set his story? sYMBOLISM Andrew Jackson (Dog): did not look like much, but was aggressive and fought well. Clearly, the dog's name is referring to Andrew Jackson (democrat), the 7th president of United States. He believed in the rights of the "common" people
Dan'l Webster (smart frog): a frog that loses to a nameless and uneducated frog. The stupid nameless frog was accused of cheating. Daniel Webster was an American Statesman that unsuccessfully ran for president three times.
Idea: equality for all Americans Key Moments Narrator finds Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Wheeler tells hims about Jim Smiley instead of Reverend Smiley
Jim Smiley --> horse-->dog (Andrew Jackson)--> Andrew Jackson gave up in a fight and died--> frog (Dan'l Webster) --> won for a while--> stranger filled Webster with quail shot--> stranger won the bet--> smiley realized that he was tricked.
Narrator is bored--> wants to leave--> Mr. Wheeler tries to tell him about Smiley and the one-eyed cow--> narrator leaves Allusions Historical References: Andrew Jackson was the 7th president of United States and the first true populist. Daniel Webster was a senator and Secretary of State and was known for his extraordinary speaking skills.