The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Test | Final 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 prevented Injun Joe from taking off on Friday?

2. How does Becky make Tom jealous?

3. What does Huck decide to do when the men come out of No. 2?

4. What day of the week is a bad day to visit a haunted house?

5. What is Huck's attitude toward marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens the first time Becky goes to sleep in the cave.

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

3. What is the town's reaction after the murder trial?

4. Describe Huck's reaction to living with the Widow Douglas.

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

6. What is Tom's prior experience with the boy he saw Becky with?

7. How does Tom treat Amy Lawrence when he comes back to school?

8. Does the Welshman take credit for saving Widow Douglas?

9. Describe the Spaniard.

10. Why does Injun Joe want to harm the Widow Douglas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the structure of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

1) In what ways is the structure of the novel episodic? What does the episodic nature of the novel add to its story?

2) What things does the author keep from the reader to build suspense? How does the author use surprise?

3) How does the structure of the novel follow the stages of Tom's development?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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