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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 is found by Injun Joe's body?
2. What does Becky do that she thinks will get her in trouble?
3. What disconcerts Becky when Tom shouts to the other picnickers?
4. How does Becky make Tom jealous?
5. When does Mrs. Thatcher find out that Becky's not where she's supposed to be?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe what happens in the courtroom during Tom's testimony.
2. What good deed does Tom do for Becky?
3. What is Tom's prior experience with the boy he saw Becky with?
4. What happens at the Fourth of July celebration?
5. What is kept in the mysterious room at the tavern?
6. What is Tom's approach to finding buried treasure?
7. How does Becky react when she first realizes she and Tom are lost?
8. Where does Tom think he's found No. 2?
9. Does the Welshman take credit for saving Widow Douglas?
10. How does Tom treat Amy Lawrence when he comes back to school?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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