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 role do Tom and Joe Harper take in the battle?

2. Who comes to visit the Sunday School class?

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

4. Why does Tom decide to run away?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tom find his lost marble?

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

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

5. How are Sid and Tom different?

6. Describe what Tom draws on his slate for Becky.

7. What does Tom tutor Becky in when they meet surreptitiously during lunch?

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

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

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

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 is set in a small town in middle-America in the mid-1800s. Discuss the importance of the setting of Tom Sawyer.

1) How are the qualities of Tom's childhood determined by the setting?

2) What type of independence does the setting allow Tom? What types of constraints does the setting put on Tom?

3) How might Tom's childhood be different in a different location or time?

Essay Topic 3

Injun Joe is motivated to murder out of revenge. Discuss Injun Joe's desire for revenge.

1) What has happened to Injun Joe that caused him to seek revenge? Why have these events happened to Injun Joe?

2) What characteristics of Injun Joe's personality lead to him seeking revenge? To what extent is Joe's desire for revenge fueled by his personality, and to what extent is it fueled by how others have treated him?

3) Widow Douglas says of Huck that God's hand is seen in every creature he makes. Is this true of Injun Joe as well?

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