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 is Tom's attitude when he first takes the stand?

2. Who takes care of Huck when he's ill?

3. What does the boy Becky spent time with do to Tom when he finds out he's been used?

4. What color is the schoolmaster's bald head, when the pranksters cause a cat to snatch his wig away?

5. During the trial, what does the defense attorney ask the witness who saw Muff Potter washing at a creek?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss love and jealousy in the novel by examining the relationship between Becky and Tom.

1) Is Tom really in love with Becky? Is his love for Becky different from his "love" for Amy Lawrence, whom he so easily dismisses? How is his love of Becky different from his love for Aunt Polly?

2) Describe Becky's feelings for Tom. What attracts Becky to Tom? How deep are her emotions for him? How does the experience in the caves change their relationship?

3) How do the characters experience and use jealousy in their relationship?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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