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 Becky do that she thinks will get her in trouble?

2. Who is the first friend who agrees to go hunting for treasure with Tom?

3. What does Tom say the Widow Douglas has for children?

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

5. What is found by Injun Joe's body?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens during Tom's speech on examination day?

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

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

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

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is filled with stereotypes. Discuss stereotypes in the novel.

1) What are the racial stereotypes in the novel? How is Injun Joe a stereotype of the author, and how is he stereotyped by the town?

2) What are the gender stereotypes in the novel? Discuss Aunt Polly, Widow Douglas, Becky Thatcher, and Amy Lawrence as examples of female stereotypes.

3) How are Tom Sawyer and Huck Finns stereotypes of boys?

Essay Topic 3

As the author says, the story of Tom Sawyer is the story of a boy, and at the end of the story, he is on his way to manhood. Describe how The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a coming of age story. What are the qualities of boyhood in Tom during the story? What are the qualities that make a person adult in the story? What steps does Tom take toward adulthood? How much further does Tom have to go toward adulthood at the end of the novel?

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