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The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, is juvenile historical fiction and literature.

Everything About The Prince and the Pauper

Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes, and worksheets related to the book. All of the work has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.

The Pictures from The Prince and the Pauper

Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.

Book cover for The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.

The cover art was taken from the Project Gutenberg version, here. It was presumably made by the publisher, James R. Osgood and Company.

All others were taken from the Internet Archive version of The Prince and the Pauper found here.

The title page and table of contents for this edition of this book was presumably made by the publisher, New York, Harper & Row.

The eight illustrations, including the cover, are by William Hatherell.

I’d like to thank the Mississauga – University of Toronto for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.

To see all of the images found for this book, go here.

Subjects Covered in The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain

There are three subjects covered by The Prince and the Pauper.

These subjects are Literature, Social Studies, and World History.

Reading Level of The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, is appropriate for Middle-Grade readers.

This means that it can be read from approximately 6th grade into adulthood; or at around 12 years of age.

Placement In the MiniMize Book List

The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, is book number 186 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.

This places it in the Middle Level.

The book is the 8th book to be read during Year 8 of school.

Book Content

This story follows Tom Canty, a poor boy, and Edward, Prince of Wales.

When the two discover that they are doppelgangers, they switch roles, each living as the other.

Students will learn about the Tudor period, Henry VIII, the Lady Jane Grey, and what the possession of power really means.

More About The Prince and the Pauper

If you want information about the book, but don’t have time to read it yourself, here are a few sources.

You can find lots of information about this book on Wikipedia.

You can read a summary of the book on SparkNotes; and also on eNotes, here.

Or you can always read the CliffsNotes, here.

Chapters – The Prince and the Pauper

This book contains 34 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:

I.             The birth of the Prince and the Pauper.

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain illustration, "The little Prince of Poverty passed in."

II.            Tom’s early life.

III.           Tom’s meeting with the Prince.

IV.          The Prince’s troubles begin.

V.            Tom as a patrician.

VI.          Tom receives instructions.

II.            Tom’s first royal dinner.

VIII.        The question of the Seal.

IX.           The river pageant.

X.            The Prince in the toils.

XI.           At Guildhall.

XII.         The Prince and his deliverer.

XIII.        The disappearance of the Prince.

XIV.        ‘Le Roi est mort’—vive le Roi.‘

XV.         Tom as King.

XVI.        The state dinner.

XVII.      Foo-foo the First.

XVIII.     The Prince with the tramps.

XIX.        The Prince with the peasants.

XX.         The Prince and the hermit.

XXI.        Hendon to the rescue.

XXII.       A victim of treachery.

XXIII.     The Prince a prisoner.

XXIV.     The escape.

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain illustration, "The two went and stood side by side before a great mirror."

XXV.      Hendon Hall.

XXVI.     Disowned.

XXVII.    In prison.

XXVIII.  The sacrifice.

XXIX.     To London.

XXX.       Tom’s progress.

XXXI.     The Recognition procession.

XXXII.    Coronation Day.

XXXIII.   Edward as King.

CONCLUSION.  Justice and Retribution.

Activities for The Prince and the Pauper

We found lots of worksheets and activities to use with this book.

There’s definitely more than you will ever need.

Below, you will find some of the quizzes, activities, and movies we came across.

Quizzes for The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper is such a popular book that there are TONS of quizzes to go along with the book.

So, we had to narrow it down a little. Here are the ones we found helpful:

Try this quiz on CliffsNotes.

GoodReads also has a quiz.

Or try this one from Quizizz, here.

And if those don’t do the trick, here’s another on Shmoop.

The Prince and the Pauper Games and Activities

Here are a few more good resources for some fun activities your student can do while reading The Prince and the Pauper.

StoryBoardThat has some neat online activities to go along with the book.

Here’s a collection of worksheets and activities from PrestwickHouse.

BookRags has a few free activity ideas; though you’ll have to get a subscription to see all of them.

Or, you can grab a few siblings and friends to act out this screenplay adaption of The Prince and the Pauper from scholastic.com.

Movies and a Random Documentary

If you’d like to watch a video based on the book when you’re done reading, there’s a couple of choices available, too.

Our favorites include the movie below, uploaded to YouTube by jhaz pogi.

Also, this cartoon uploaded by Michael You.

And you can try this documentary about Edward VI, uploaded to YouTube by Timeline – World History Documentaries.

A MiniMize Worksheet

And if this isn’t enough…

The MiniMize Life is also creating a short fill in the blank worksheet for The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain.

This worksheet will contain 4 pages with 34 days of activities and a total of 34 questions in all.

An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.

How the Worksheet Works

This worksheet will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to complete a simple activity.

The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter.

Next, they will find the sentence in the chapter and fill in the missing words.

Student Instructions

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, state the following.

 Number 1, below, is a sentence from Chapter 1, number 2 from Chapter 2, etc. Read the entire chapter, then find the sentence, below, in the Chapter. In the blanks, write the missing words.

Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?

The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.

The Worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.

When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.

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Read The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain

If you just can’t wait to read The Prince and the Pauper, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!

Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.

Free E-Books

We all LOVE free stuff!

Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain.

Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.


You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain illustration, "I forbid you to set the crown of England upon that forfeited head. I am the King."

This version of The Prince and the Pauper works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.

The FREE e-book from gutenberg.org can be found here.

A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. That’s by design so that anyone can use the data on any operating system.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

Internet Archive

The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.

Keep an eye out for missing pages, though. While we did our best to avoid this issue, sometimes it’s unavoidable with these old books.

You can read a FREE scanned copy of The Prince and the Pauper at Internet Archive, here.

Google Books

If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.

You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.

Audio Books

Want an audio version of the book?

They’re especially helpful on long car rides!

Check out the following sources.


If you prefer to listen to books, LibriVox offers a FREE version of The Prince and the Pauper.

Get it, here.

Be aware, however, that LibriVox relies on volunteers to record their audiobooks.

The recordings are not usually narrated by professionals, and many books have more than one narrator.

They are real voices, though; so that’s a plus!


Go to YouTube to find another great FREE resource for The Prince and the Pauper.

This is not an actual “video,” and only shows a still depiction of the book.

It is, however, a useful way to hear the audio of the LibriVox recording, above.

The FREE audio/video version from LibriVox Audiobooks is available, below.

Audible, by Amazon

For those who like the Amazon Audible books, you can also get The Prince and the Pauper.

While Audible books are not usually free, they are affordable and are typically of better quality.

Get the Audible version of the book, right here.

Bound and Kindle Books

Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?

That’s what Amazon’s for!

If printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.

If you prefer to buy The Prince and the Pauper already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.


If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting to see where the Kindle Book is!

We love Kindles! It’s just so easy to point, click, buy, and read. Amazon even organizes our Kindle Library and dusts the bookshelves for us!

Kindle is always better when it comes to eBooks.

If you’re like me, and you want it on Kindle, try this one!

The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain

That’s everything so far.

Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.

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