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 does the new girl throw to Tom?

2. What serves as a field for their tick game?

3. What does Potter say when he's caught?

4. How many tickets are needed to earn a prize?

5. What does Mary promise Tom for memorizing his Bible verses?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What story does Huck Finn recall to cast doubt on the omen the boys see?

3. Describe Tom's high spirits at suppertime.

4. How are Sid and Tom different?

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

6. What does the minister say about the boys at the funeral?

7. What is Tom's objection after the initial reaction to the boys' homecoming?

8. Describe the reaction to the Sunday School visitors.

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

10. How does Tom find his lost marble?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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