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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 Mary promise Tom for memorizing his Bible verses?

2. What does Muff leave behind?

3. How does Tom get his tickets?

4. Why does Tom decide to run away?

5. How does Huck sign his name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Tom and Huck's treasure?

3. How are Sid and Tom different?

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

5. What is kept in the mysterious room at the tavern?

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

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

8. What do the villagers want to do to Injun Joe?

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

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

Essay 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

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?

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