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Mini-Quiz: Mark Twain's "Our Fellow Savages" Humorous Speech in 1866

by Ron Kurtus (revised 8 August 2005)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. How did Twain start off with his humor?

He introduced himself as a person of character, integrity and comeliness

He wore an oversized mustache to get a laugh

He introduced the boys in the band with a few snide comments

2. What was the essence of Twain's humor in the speech?

Jokes and one-liners

Clever twists on words

Pointing out absurdities that he observed

3. What made it easy for Twain to give this speech?

It was a personal experience that he had told many times

He had cue cards placed, so he could read the material

It was never easy for him, because he feared speaking to large groups

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Learning from Historical Speeches. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Mark Twain's Speeches- Includes other speeches by Twain

Historic Speeches Resources

Biography of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)


The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain by Mark Twain, Charles Neider (Editor), Da Capo Press (1996) $28.00

Top-rated books on Mark Twain

Top-rated books on Famous Speeches

Top-rated books on Oratory and Rhetoric

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