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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 serves as a field for their tick game?

2. How is Aunt Polly related to Tom?

3. What does Tom trade his tooth for?

4. What does Tom do to try to ease his conscience?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Sid and Tom different?

2. Describe Amy Lawrence's reactions during Sunday School.

3. Describe the reaction to the Sunday School visitors.

4. What do the boys do after witnessing the murder?

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

6. How does Tom trick Aunt Polly so that he can escape?

7. What does Huck caution Tom about when speaking of the dead?

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

9. What is Tom's objection after the initial reaction to the boys' homecoming?

10. How does Tom find his lost marble?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Superstition and myth is an important part of Tom Sawyer's worldview. Discuss superstition and myth in the novel.

1) What superstitions and myths does Tom believe in? Why does Tom believe in these superstitions and myths?

2) What does Tom do when events in reality contradict the myths or superstitions he believes in? Why does he react this way?

3) What are the other characters' opinions and beliefs about myths, superstitions, or the supernatural? How does Tom use Polly's belief in the supernatural to manipulate her?

Essay Topic 2

Huck Finn feels constrained by the Widow Douglas, just as Tom feels constrained by his Sunday shoes. Discuss freedom in the novel, and how freedom conflicts with civilization.

1) What does Huck Finn find constricting about civilization?

2) The boys admire and emulate outlaws. Why do they admire fictional outlaws? How do they feel about the real outlaws in the novel?

3) Tom Sawyer admires Huck for his free lifestyle, and yet at the end of the novel, he convinces Huck to stay with the Widow Douglas. Why does he do this?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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