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 reason does Tom give for not letting Polly know he was alive?

2. Where had Joe gotten water?

3. What does the boy Becky spent time with do to Tom when he finds out he's been used?

4. Why does Tom say they need to stop and wait by the water?

5. How did the boys get to shore from their island?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Spaniard.

3. What does Tom think when he's whipped for ruining his schoolbook?

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

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

6. Where does Tom think he's found No. 2?

7. What good deed does Tom do for Becky?

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

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

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

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 2

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 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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