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. How long does it take the boys to get to the cemetery?

2. What do Tom's classmates do, that constantly remind him of his problems?

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

4. What noise does Tom make out the window, before climbing down?

5. What do the boys eat for breakfast after running away?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Polly's reaction when Tom says he's done with the whitewashing.

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

3. Why does Tom confess that he stopped to talk with Huckleberry Finn on the way to school?

4. What are the boys' reactions to realizing that the townspeople think they're dead?

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

6. How does Tom find his lost marble?

7. Describe the graveyard.

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss morality and punishment in the novel.

1) Why does Aunt Polly feel morally obligated to punish Tom? Where does the belief that she should punish Tom come from?

2) How do Tom and Huck define morality? Do they think of themselves as moral people? Why or why not?

3) How do Tom and Huck view punishment? What does punishing the boys accomplish?

Essay Topic 3

Tom Sawyer lives in a world of fantasy. Not only does he play Robin Hood, but he imagines that adventure stories about pirates and robbers are true, as well as stories of witches, ghosts, and magic. Discuss fantasy and reality in the novel.

1) In what ways does Tom's experience of fiction change the way he views the world?

2) How do Tom's fantasy games become reality?

3) How does Tom twist reality to make it more fantastical?

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