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 is Ben Rogers doing when he comes across Tom?

2. What does Tom try to do during the sermon?

3. What noise does Tom make out the window, before climbing down?

4. What do the boys play after the storm?

5. What does Tom decide to run away to become?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom get shooed away from Jeff Thatcher's house?

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

3. Does the Welshman take credit for saving Widow Douglas?

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

5. What happens to Tom and Huck's treasure?

6. What is the town's reaction after the murder trial?

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

8. What happens at the Fourth of July celebration?

9. How does Tom feel when Injun Joe is found dead?

10. What do the villagers want to do to Injun Joe?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Culture is the values, beliefs, and attitudes of a society, reflected in what they do and make and how they communicate. Describe the culture of Tom and Huck's town. What do the townspeople value and admire? What are the religious and political beliefs and values of the town? How do they enforce good behavior? What are the beliefs about child-rearing? What other important beliefs or attitudes can you identify?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss morality and punishment in the novel.

1) Why does Aunt Polly feel morally obligated to punish Tom? Where does the belief that she should punish Tom come from?

2) How do Tom and Huck define morality? Do they think of themselves as moral people? Why or why not?

3) How do Tom and Huck view punishment? What does punishing the boys accomplish?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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