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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 is the potential consequence Tom heard that the illness could have?

2. What witness comes forward against Muff Potter?

3. Why are the Sunday School students given colored tickets?

4. Who does Tom give a dose of tonic to?

5. What does Tom do with the tonic?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the reaction to the Sunday School visitors.

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

9. What do Tom and Becky talk about before their discussion turns to romance?

10. What does the minister say about the boys at the funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Injun Joe is motivated to murder out of revenge. Discuss Injun Joe's desire for revenge.

1) What has happened to Injun Joe that caused him to seek revenge? Why have these events happened to Injun Joe?

2) What characteristics of Injun Joe's personality lead to him seeking revenge? To what extent is Joe's desire for revenge fueled by his personality, and to what extent is it fueled by how others have treated him?

3) Widow Douglas says of Huck that God's hand is seen in every creature he makes. Is this true of Injun Joe as well?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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