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. Where had Joe gotten water?

2. What disconcerts Becky when Tom shouts to the other picnickers?

3. What was the schoolmaster's unfulfilled goal?

4. Why does Tom join the Cadets of Temperance?

5. What had Joe found in the cave to eat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What good deed does Tom do for Becky?

2. Describe the Spaniard.

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Becky react when she first realizes she and Tom are lost?

9. What is Tom's approach to finding buried treasure?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tom Sawyer is a dramatic person. He creates melodrama out of the events of his life.

1) Why does Tom Sawyer take on a melodramatic attitude of pining for Becky and then depression when Becky rejects him? Who is this attitude aimed at?

2) How and why does Tom dramatize the things that he does, such as running away to become a pirate? Why does Tom choose to let his family suffer, thinking he's dead, so that he can make his reemergence more dramatic?

3) What is the origin of Tom's desire for drama?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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