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 does Tom try to do during the sermon?

2. What do Joe and Tom feel guilty about?

3. What is Tom's reaction to his bath?

4. Who do the boys find sleeping in their hideout?

5. What does Ben trade to Tom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Sid and Tom different?

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

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

4. Describe the analogy between Peter, the cat, and Tom.

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

6. Describe some of the ways Tom and Huck discuss to remove warts.

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

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

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

10. Describe what Tom hears while he waits for Huck.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Bravery is an important issue in the novel. For example, when Tom Sawyer bravely takes on Becky's punishment, he wins her love.

1) In what ways is Tom Sawyer brave and in what ways is he not brave? What leads to Tom's brave acts?

2) What other characters exhibit bravery, and what is their motivation?

3) Does bravery have any disadvantages or negative aspects in the novel?

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