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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 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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss what creates value and desire in the novel.

1) How does Tom manipulate value and desire to get the other boys to whitewash the fence for him? Why does this work? Is it realistic?

2) Why are Tom and Huck willing to put in hard labor to search for imagined treasure? Why does Tom decide he will stay overnight at the Widow Douglas' house instead of waiting for Huck's signal, when the possible treasure is more immediate and real?

3) Why does Tom feel an intense desire to swear, smoke, chew, and do other forbidden acts while he's a member of the temperance group but loses his desire as soon as he leaves the group?

Essay Topic 3

Tom Sawyer is a dramatic person. He creates melodrama out of the events of his life.

1) Why does Tom Sawyer take on a melodramatic attitude of pining for Becky and then depression when Becky rejects him? Who is this attitude aimed at?

2) How and why does Tom dramatize the things that he does, such as running away to become a pirate? Why does Tom choose to let his family suffer, thinking he's dead, so that he can make his reemergence more dramatic?

3) What is the origin of Tom's desire for drama?

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