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. Where has Tom heard of the ailment he fakes?

2. What does the preacher do at the funeral service?

3. What does Huck teach the other boys?

4. What does Tom do that makes Becky cry?

5. How is Aunt Polly related to Tom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What grievance does Injun Joe have against the doctor?

3. Why does Tom realize that Muff Potter cannot tell the true story?

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

5. Describe the reaction to the Sunday School visitors.

6. What about Tom's behavior at school strikes Sid as strange?

7. What is Tom and Joe's plan to run away?

8. Describe Tom's high spirits at suppertime.

9. What is Tom dissatisfied with by the end of the Sunday service?

10. What do Tom and Becky talk about before their discussion turns to romance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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