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. What does Muff leave behind?

2. Why does the teacher seat Tom with the girls?

3. How does Tom feel when he gets to school?

4. Why do the boys realize they're mistaken about the omen?

5. Where are the boys during their funeral?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom trick other boys into doing his work for him?

2. Why does Tom realize that Muff Potter cannot tell the true story?

3. When Tom talks and is restless in his sleep, how is his behavior explained?

4. What do Tom and Becky talk about before their discussion turns to romance?

5. What about Tom's behavior at school strikes Sid as strange?

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

7. Describe Polly's reaction when Tom says he's done with the whitewashing.

8. How does Tom find his lost marble?

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

10. Where do Tom and Huck agree to meet next?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is filled with stereotypes. Discuss stereotypes in the novel.

1) What are the racial stereotypes in the novel? How is Injun Joe a stereotype of the author, and how is he stereotyped by the town?

2) What are the gender stereotypes in the novel? Discuss Aunt Polly, Widow Douglas, Becky Thatcher, and Amy Lawrence as examples of female stereotypes.

3) How are Tom Sawyer and Huck Finns stereotypes of boys?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Superstition and myth is an important part of Tom Sawyer's worldview. Discuss superstition and myth in the novel.

1) What superstitions and myths does Tom believe in? Why does Tom believe in these superstitions and myths?

2) What does Tom do when events in reality contradict the myths or superstitions he believes in? Why does he react this way?

3) What are the other characters' opinions and beliefs about myths, superstitions, or the supernatural? How does Tom use Polly's belief in the supernatural to manipulate her?

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