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 game does Tom play with Joe Harper?

2. Where is Potter caught?

3. Where does Becky meet Tom at lunchtime?

4. What does Tom do when he plays hooky?

5. What does Ben trade to Tom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Tom think he's found No. 2?

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

3. What good deed does Tom do for Becky?

4. What does Tom say that people often find that leads them to a buried treasure?

5. What happens during Tom's speech on examination day?

6. What mistake does Tom make that gives away to Polly that he played hooky?

7. Describe Tom's high spirits at suppertime.

8. Describe Huck's reaction to living with the Widow Douglas.

9. Describe what happens in the courtroom during Tom's testimony.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss love and jealousy in the novel by examining the relationship between Becky and Tom.

1) Is Tom really in love with Becky? Is his love for Becky different from his "love" for Amy Lawrence, whom he so easily dismisses? How is his love of Becky different from his love for Aunt Polly?

2) Describe Becky's feelings for Tom. What attracts Becky to Tom? How deep are her emotions for him? How does the experience in the caves change their relationship?

3) How do the characters experience and use jealousy in their relationship?

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 never learns his verses in Sunday School, and he doesn't seem to interested in his schoolwork during the week, either. However, Tom knows passages of Robin Hood by heart, which he reenacts with great accuracy.

1) What is the role of interest and engagement in learning? Why is Tom drawn to some types of learning but not others?

2) How could Tom's teachers make learning more interesting for him?

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