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 do Joe and Tom feel guilty about?

2. What wakes Tom the next morning?

3. Who breaks the rules of the game?

4. What task does Polly give Tom as punishment?

5. What has Tom been eating that he wasn't supposed to eat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What mistake does Tom make that gives away to Polly that he played hooky?

3. Describe the reaction to the Sunday School visitors.

4. What does Tom make Becky whisper in his ear?

5. Describe Aunt Polly's dilemma in punishing Tom.

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

7. How does Tom get shooed away from Jeff Thatcher's house?

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

9. How are Sid and Tom different?

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

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

Tom Sawyer is a mischievous trickster. Discuss the role of mischief and trickery in the novel.

1) Aunt Polly scolds and punishes Tom for his mischief, but she forgives him easily, too. When Tom thinks he'll die, he believes he'll go to hell for his misbehavior, but at his funeral, the pastor has nothing but good to say of the boys. How bad or wrong is Tom's mischief?

2) Why does Tom misbehave? What does Tom gain from his antics, and is the gain worth the price?

3) Besides Tom, how do other characters get into mischief? Compare and contrast other characters' mischievous behavior with Tom's.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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