The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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

The force of public opinion affects events in the novel, but public opinion is changeable and fallible. Discuss public opinion in the novel.

1) How does the public's opinion of Muff Potter change over the course of the novel? How does public opinion affect events, Muff's self-image, and Tom and Huck?

2) How does public opinion of Tom change over the course of the novel? What factors effect people's opinions about Tom?

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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