After Mark Twain

  1. A) Listen to the recording of Text Five and mark the stresses and tunes, b) Repeat the text in the intervals after the model.
  2. A) Listen to the recording of Text Four and mark the stresses and tunes, b) Repeat the text in the intervals after the model.
  3. A) Listen to the recording of Text One and mark the stresses and tunes, b) Repeat the text in the intervals after the model.
  4. A) Listen to the recording of Text Six and mark the stresses and tunes, b) Repeat the text in the intervals after the model.
  5. A) Listen to the recording of Text Two and mark the stresses and tunes, b) Repeat the text in the intervals after the model.
  6. After customs.

I was born on the 30-th of November 1 835 in the village of Florida, Missouri. My father was John Marshal Clemens. According to tradition some of my great-great parents were pirates and slave traders - a respectable trade in the 16-th century. In my time I wished to be a pirate myself.

Florida contained a hundred people and when I was born I increased the population by one per cent. It had two streets and a lot of lanes. Both the streets and the lanes were paved() with the same material - black mud in wet times, deep dust in dry. Most of the houses were of wood - there were none of brick and none of stone. Everywhere around were fields and woods.

My uncle was a farmer. I have never met a better man than he was. He was a middle-aged man whose head was clear and whose heart was honest and simple. I stayed at his house for three months every year till I was thirteen years old. Nowhere else was I happier than at his house. He had eight children and owned about fourteen Negro slaves whom he had bought from other farmers. My uncle and everyone on the farm treated the slaves kindly. All the Negroes on the farm were friends of ours and with those of our own age we were playmates. Since my child hood I have learned to like the black race and admire some of its fine qualities. In my school days nobody told me that it was wrong to sell and buy people. It is only much later that I realized all the horror of slavery. The country school was three miles from my uncle's farm. It stood in a forest and could take in about twenty five boys and girls. We attended school once or twice a week. I was a sickly() child and lived mainly on medicine the first seven years of my life. When I was twelve years old my father died. After my father's death our family was left penniless. I was taken from school at once and placed in the office of a local newspaper as printer'sapprentice(ϳ) where I could receive board and clothes but no money.
For ten years I worked in print shops of various cities. I started my journalistic life as a reporter on a newspaper in San-Francisco. It was then that I began to sign my publications by my penname Mark Twain.

General understanding:

1. In what state was Samuel Clemens born?

2. What were the great-great parents of Mark Twain?

3. What did Mark Twain want to be?

4. What were the streets and lanes of Florida paved with?

5. How does the author describe his uncle?

6. How many slaves did Mark Twain's uncle own?

7. What was the author's attitude toward slavery?

8. Was Mark Twain a healthy boy?

9. When did the author start his career of a writer?




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