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

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

3. Why does Tom blow out Becky's candle?

4. Why does Tom remember to grab the towel before running?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the Fourth of July celebration?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Injun Joe want to harm the Widow Douglas?

8. What good deed does Tom do for Becky?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Culture is the values, beliefs, and attitudes of a society, reflected in what they do and make and how they communicate. Describe the culture of Tom and Huck's town. What do the townspeople value and admire? What are the religious and political beliefs and values of the town? How do they enforce good behavior? What are the beliefs about child-rearing? What other important beliefs or attitudes can you identify?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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