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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 the sheriff say about catching Muff Potter?

2. What time is it, when Tom thinks it must be dawn while he is waiting to meet Huck?

3. What does Tom do to try to ease his conscience?

4. What task does Polly give Tom as punishment?

5. What witness comes forward against Muff Potter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Tom and Huck do with their pact after they sign it?

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

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

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

5. Why does Tom confess that he stopped to talk with Huckleberry Finn on the way to school?

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

7. What does Sid do to try to hear what Tom is saying in his sleep?

8. Describe some of the ways Tom and Huck discuss to remove warts.

9. What is Tom dissatisfied with by the end of the Sunday service?

10. How does Tom trick Aunt Polly so that he can escape?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss religion in the novel.

1) Is Tom religious? Discuss his reactions to Sunday school, his behavior in church, his beliefs in superstition, and his beliefs about the afterlife.

2) What role does religion play in Tom's family? What purposes does the Sunday-morning family ritual serve?

3) Do the community's religious leaders influence thought in the community? How?

Essay Topic 2

The novel contains many examples of guilt and self-condemnation. For example, Muff Potter condemns himself for a crime he didn't commit, saying it's right that he should die for it, while Tom and Huck are overcome with guilt for not telling what they know.

1) Tom is always misbehaving and doesn't feel guilty at all. What types of circumstances will or won't make Tom feel guilty?

2) Muff Potter and Huck Finn both feel that they deserve condemnation, in part because of the society's condemnation of them. How does societal condemnation relate to self-condemnation?

3) In what ways is guilt a valuable feeling? How does it help or hinder the characters? Use examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Tom Sawyer lives in a world of fantasy. Not only does he play Robin Hood, but he imagines that adventure stories about pirates and robbers are true, as well as stories of witches, ghosts, and magic. Discuss fantasy and reality in the novel.

1) In what ways does Tom's experience of fiction change the way he views the world?

2) How do Tom's fantasy games become reality?

3) How does Tom twist reality to make it more fantastical?

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