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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 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
Bravery is an important issue in the novel. For example, when Tom Sawyer bravely takes on Becky's punishment, he wins her love.
1) In what ways is Tom Sawyer brave and in what ways is he not brave? What leads to Tom's brave acts?
2) What other characters exhibit bravery, and what is their motivation?
3) Does bravery have any disadvantages or negative aspects in the novel?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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