The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Describe the preparations that took place prior to the examination.

Chapter 20 or 21

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Mr. Dobbins prepared his students with fear, lashings, and beatings.... if he thought he could beat them into learning, he was likely mistaken.

The schoolmaster, always severe, grew severer and more exacting than ever, for he wanted the school to make a good showing on “Examination” day. His rod and his ferule were seldom idle now—at least among the smaller pupils. Only the biggest boys, and young ladies of eighteen and twenty, escaped lashing. Mr. Dobbins’ lashings were very vigorous ones, too; for although he carried, under his wig, a perfectly bald and shiny head, he had only reached middle age, and there was no sign of feebleness in his muscle. As the great day approached, all the tyranny that was in him came to the surface; he seemed to take a vindictive pleasure in punishing the least shortcomings.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer