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 can the children get with their Sunday School tickets?

2. What kind of craft do the townspeople take onto the river to look for the boys?

3. What has Tom been eating that he wasn't supposed to eat?

4. What do the boys use to prick their fingers?

5. What does Tom do with the tonic?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom find his lost marble?

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

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

4. Describe the graveyard.

5. What does Tom make Becky whisper in his ear?

6. Describe the reaction to the Sunday School visitors.

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

8. Where do Tom and Huck agree to meet next?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, people show off, or posture. Tom shows off when he wants to get Becky's attention, but showing off is not just for children. The Sunday School teacher shows off for important guests, and the schoolmaster shows off for the parents and town.

1) Why do the characters in the novel show off? What do they hope to gain?

2) What different forms does "showing off" take? Why are these actions supposed to impress others?

3) How aware are the characters of others' "showing off"? How effective is it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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