|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Steve Turney believe about many of the individuals who have complained about Huckleberry Finn?
2. What does Nora say is actually tried when a book is on trial?
3. Which of the following is not a member of the review committee?
4. What does Kate believe educational institutions should guide students on?
5. How does Principal Moore try to convince Deirdre to remove the books from the library?
Short Essay Questions
1. Outline Deirdre's arguments in her refusal to remove "Huckleberry Finn" from the library shelves.
2. Why did Moore's request that Charles Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend" be removed from the library prove to be "the last straw" for Karen Salters, and how did she respond to Principal Moore?
3. What are Nora's evaluations of the members of the review committee?
4. Why has Karen now decided to take part in Barney's interview and what repercussions does she face by doing so?
5. What would Matthew Griswold like to see happen to "Huckleberry Finn", and does he consider his preference censorship?
6. What reasons were given for the decision to ban "Huckleberry Finn" at the school?
7. Why do Barney's parents get so angry after Barney remarks on television that he is unsure whether they would allow him to read the Bible now that it is under scrutiny?
8. What decisions does Barney come to in regards to his article?
9. What does Barney write about Principal Moore in his newspaper article?
10. What rights does Ken Dickenson say he is defending when he speaks on behalf of "Huckleberry Finn"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Freedom of individual thought is a major theme of the novel. Nora lobbies for it against the Principal, the students learn about it, and the debaters touch on it during the debate in Chapter 7 and 8. Discuss how freedom of individual thought is explored in the novel and how it plays a part in stopping the censorship of "Huckleberry Finn".
Essay Topic 2
Censorship is the main theme of the novel. George Mason High School is at the center of a censorship debate between those who find the novel "Huckleberry Finn" offensive, and those who wish to protect the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.
A) Outline the numerous opinions on the subject of censorship in the novel and the motivations behind them.
B) Discuss your own thoughts on censorship in schools, and whether your opinions were formed or altered after reading this novel.
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 12, Stanley Komax raises the question of who has the right to make decisions for others. Write an opinion essay with references to the topics explored in the novel.
This section contains 1,155 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)