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 food do Tom and Becky have left from the picnic?

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

3. By Monday morning, what do the men searching the cave send word to town for?

4. Where does Joe tell his partner he plans on running after the "dangerous" job?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Tom feel when Injun Joe is found dead?

4. How does Mrs. Thatcher react as Tuesday comes and Becky is still missing?

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

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

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

8. What good deed does Tom do for Becky?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bravery is an important issue in the novel. For example, when Tom Sawyer bravely takes on Becky's punishment, he wins her love.

1) In what ways is Tom Sawyer brave and in what ways is he not brave? What leads to Tom's brave acts?

2) What other characters exhibit bravery, and what is their motivation?

3) Does bravery have any disadvantages or negative aspects in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss morality and punishment in the novel.

1) Why does Aunt Polly feel morally obligated to punish Tom? Where does the belief that she should punish Tom come from?

2) How do Tom and Huck define morality? Do they think of themselves as moral people? Why or why not?

3) How do Tom and Huck view punishment? What does punishing the boys accomplish?

Essay Topic 3

Tom Sawyer lives in a world of fantasy. Not only does he play Robin Hood, but he imagines that adventure stories about pirates and robbers are true, as well as stories of witches, ghosts, and magic. Discuss fantasy and reality in the novel.

1) In what ways does Tom's experience of fiction change the way he views the world?

2) How do Tom's fantasy games become reality?

3) How does Tom twist reality to make it more fantastical?

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