A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' is a political satire novel by Mark Twain about a 19th century blue collar Yankee whose head injury lands him in Camelot. This asset contains discussion questions for this novel.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a fish-out-of-water story about a man who is knocked unconscious at work. When he wakes up, he finds himself in an unfamiliar time and place. The novel takes a satirical look at capitalism, religion, politics, and romance. The following questions support a classroom discussion about this novel for secondary classrooms.

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  • Describe the narration style used in this novel. How would the book be different if another style were used? Do you think the narrator is reliable? Explain your answer.
  • What adjectives would you use to describe Hank Morgan? If you were to make a modern movie about this novel, which actor would you cast as Hank Morgan? Why?
  • Compare this novel to other books and movies about time travel. What are the similarities and differences? What would you think if you woke up in a different place and time? If you had an opportunity to time travel, where would you go? Why? Why do you think the author chose King Arthur's court in Camelot?

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