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 disconcerts Becky when Tom shouts to the other picnickers?

2. Who is the first friend who agrees to go hunting for treasure with Tom?

3. What does Tom threaten to do if Huck runs away from the Widow Douglas?

4. What does Becky do that she thinks will get her in trouble?

5. Why do Tom and Huck think it's useless to break Muff out of prison?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the Fourth of July celebration?

2. Describe what happens in the courtroom during Tom's testimony.

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

4. What does Tom say that people often find that leads them to a buried treasure?

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

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

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

8. What happens during Tom's speech on examination day?

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

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

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 2

The force of public opinion affects events in the novel, but public opinion is changeable and fallible. Discuss public opinion in the novel.

1) How does the public's opinion of Muff Potter change over the course of the novel? How does public opinion affect events, Muff's self-image, and Tom and Huck?

2) How does public opinion of Tom change over the course of the novel? What factors effect people's opinions about Tom?

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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