Mid-Book Test - Hard
|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Mary promise Tom for memorizing his Bible verses?
2. What does Muff leave behind?
3. How does Tom get his tickets?
4. Why does Tom decide to run away?
5. How does Huck sign his name?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the boys' reactions to realizing that the townspeople think they're dead?
2. What happens to Tom and Huck's treasure?
3. How are Sid and Tom different?
4. How does Tom get shooed away from Jeff Thatcher's house?
5. What is kept in the mysterious room at the tavern?
6. Describe Polly's reaction when Tom says he's done with the whitewashing.
7. What mistake does Tom make that gives away to Polly that he played hooky?
8. What do the villagers want to do to Injun Joe?
9. What about Tom's behavior at school strikes Sid as strange?
10. What is Tom and Joe's plan to run away?
Essay Topic 1
Huck Finn feels constrained by the Widow Douglas, just as Tom feels constrained by his Sunday shoes. Discuss freedom in the novel, and how freedom conflicts with civilization.
1) What does Huck Finn find constricting about civilization?
2) The boys admire and emulate outlaws. Why do they admire fictional outlaws? How do they feel about the real outlaws in the novel?
3) Tom Sawyer admires Huck for his free lifestyle, and yet at the end of the novel, he convinces Huck to stay with the Widow Douglas. Why does he do this?
Essay Topic 2
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 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?
This section contains 906 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)