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 Polly give Tom as reward for finishing his chore?

2. What do Joe and Tom feel guilty about?

3. How does Huck sign his name?

4. What does Tom decide to run away to become?

5. What source of food do the boys find on the island?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are Sid and Tom different?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What evidence of Becky and Tom do the searchers find in the cave?

10. What good deed does Tom do for Becky?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Culture is the values, beliefs, and attitudes of a society, reflected in what they do and make and how they communicate. Describe the culture of Tom and Huck's town. What do the townspeople value and admire? What are the religious and political beliefs and values of the town? How do they enforce good behavior? What are the beliefs about child-rearing? What other important beliefs or attitudes can you identify?

Essay Topic 2

Tom Sawyer is set in a small town in middle-America in the mid-1800s. Discuss the importance of the setting of Tom Sawyer.

1) How are the qualities of Tom's childhood determined by the setting?

2) What type of independence does the setting allow Tom? What types of constraints does the setting put on Tom?

3) How might Tom's childhood be different in a different location or time?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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