Given that I still haven't received anything about "Tom Sawyer, Part 1" and that there is a test Wednesday, here is a little personal correction for your preparation of the test. Of course, it's MY correction so you may want to complete with the personal remarks you made during the successive preparations.

Part 1

In the beginning, Tom decides to trade (exchange) some of his toys and objects for tickets of different colors, hoping that he will get enough tickets from his friends in order to receive a Bible from Mr. Walters. Line 1, the verb “exhibited” is interesting because it reveals Tom might be excessively proud of his little insignificant possessions, they make him feel important, in a sense he is a bit shallow and superficial. In the same time, it may also mean he is clever because he manages to give these objects more value than they have, and to convince his friends to accept the trade. Here the lexical field of business and commerce is used a lot by the narrator, the idea is to show that Tom is buying his prize, what he does has nothing to do with deserving (mériter) or “winning”, line 6, in fact it’s also worse than buying, it’s cheating. The notion of corruption is implicit but very present.

Tom’s motivations have nothing to do with the satisfaction of possessing a Bible, all he wants is “the glory and the éclat that came with it”, line 10. Obviously, this boy needs to be the center of attention, to be in the spotlight.

When Becky walks in, Tom falls in love with her at first sight. The problem, in a way, is that he starts “showing off”, he starts acting, that is to say he starts behaving in a way that is not natural, which is confirmed by the word “art”, as in “artificial”. Even when it comes down to love (when love is concerned), Tom is not totally honest.

Then line 27, the verb “demanded” suggests Tom is really convinced that he truly deserves the Bible, he is authoritarian and persuaded of his superiority. Again, maybe it’s just that he is a very good actor, even if the end of the passage will not confirm this idea, as we shall see.

The fact the narrator calls Tom “the new hero” line 29 is totally ironic in the sense that there is nothing heroic in what he has done, on the contrary. At the end, his incapacity to answer properly is a form of justice, or maybe it’s just the moral of the story: crime doesn’t pay!