The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Tom wake Sid?

2. Who comes to visit the Sunday School class?

3. What does Huck tell Tom is bound to happen if the doctor is dead?

4. Where has Tom heard of the ailment he fakes?

5. Who is Amy Lawrence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the minister say about the boys at the funeral?

2. What does Huck caution Tom about when speaking of the dead?

3. What story does Huck Finn recall to cast doubt on the omen the boys see?

4. What is Aunt Polly's reaction to Tom's disappearance?

5. What has Mary earned in Sunday School, and what did she have to do to earn it?

6. Describe what Tom hears while he waits for Huck.

7. What are the boys' reactions to realizing that the townspeople think they're dead?

8. Describe Aunt Polly's dilemma in punishing Tom.

9. What do the boys do after witnessing the murder?

10. What is Tom's objection after the initial reaction to the boys' homecoming?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the structure of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

1) In what ways is the structure of the novel episodic? What does the episodic nature of the novel add to its story?

2) What things does the author keep from the reader to build suspense? How does the author use surprise?

3) How does the structure of the novel follow the stages of Tom's development?

Essay Topic 2

Tom Sawyer never learns his verses in Sunday School, and he doesn't seem to interested in his schoolwork during the week, either. However, Tom knows passages of Robin Hood by heart, which he reenacts with great accuracy.

1) What is the role of interest and engagement in learning? Why is Tom drawn to some types of learning but not others?

2) How could Tom's teachers make learning more interesting for him?

Essay Topic 3

As the author says, the story of Tom Sawyer is the story of a boy, and at the end of the story, he is on his way to manhood. Describe how The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a coming of age story. What are the qualities of boyhood in Tom during the story? What are the qualities that make a person adult in the story? What steps does Tom take toward adulthood? How much further does Tom have to go toward adulthood at the end of the novel?

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