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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why are Huck and Jim unable to land the catfish they caught?
(a) The line breaks.
(b) The fish is too enormous for them to handle.
(c) The hook comes adrift.
(d) The fish pulls Jim into the water and he has to be rescued.

2. Why are loaves of bread floating down the river?
(a) People believe bread dabbed with quicksilver will float to a corpse.
(b) A bread cart has fallen off a bridge.
(c) People believe bread thrown in the water will prevent more drownings.
(d) An angry chef has thrown loaves of bread from a river steamer.

3. Where does Colonel Sherburn stand to protect himself in Chapter 22?
(a) Behind his front gate.
(b) Behind the wood-heap.
(c) At the front door of his house.
(d) On the roof of his front porch.

4. What illness is supposed to be the problem at the Proctors'?
(a) Scarlet fever.
(b) Cholera.
(c) Malaria.
(d) Mumps.

5. What idea is it that Huck and his friends don't fully understand [when forming their gang and making plans]?
(a) Reconciliation.
(b) Remuneration.
(c) Redress.
(d) Ransom.

6. Where does Huck hide the money in Chapter 27?
(a) Under Peter's bed.
(b) In Joanna's room.
(c) In Peter's coffin.
(d) On the raft.

7. How does Jim react when he first sees Huck in Chapter 8?
(a) He's frightened as he genuinely believes Huck is a ghost.
(b) He's angry and afraid of being discovered.
(c) He thinks Huck is the Devil and is desperately afraid.
(d) He's relieved and happy Huck is alive.

8. Why are the streets of the 'one horse town' empty?
(a) It is a ghost town.
(b) Most people have gone to the camp meeting.
(c) The town is under quarantine.
(d) It is siesta time.

9. Who is the other person Huck tells Mary Jane in Chapter 28 would be in big trouble?
(a) Harney Shepherdson.
(b) Tom Sawyer.
(c) Joanna.
(d) Jim.

10. Who says: "It's lovely to live on a raft"?
(a) Jim.
(b) Huck Finn.
(c) Tom Sawyer.
(d) The Duke.

11. How do they all make good their escape from the villagers in Chapter 23?
(a) They sneak back to the raft and set off down the river.
(b) They lock the villagers in the hall and run for the raft.
(c) They run off to the woods and creep to the raft later.
(d) They steel horses and ride out of town.

12. When the King questions him in Chapter 27, what lie does Huck tell?
(a) He claims that the undertaken sneaked into the King's room just before the funeral.
(b) He claims that 'the niggers were in the King's room'.
(c) He claims that Joanna and Susan were in the King's room.
(d) He claims to have seen Jim and Mary Jane talking to a strange man in a yellow coat.

13. What is the oracle that Jim consults?
(a) A crystal ball.
(b) The way a toad reacts when it is prodded with a stick.
(c) A chicken's liver.
(d) A hairball.

14. What are yallarboys?
(a) Cowardly youths.
(b) Children suffering from jaundice.
(c) Gold coins.
(d) A type of fish.

15. What first alerts Mrs. Loftus to the fact that 'Sarah/Mary' is a boy?
(a) He doesn't walk daintily in a dress.
(b) She sees that he has some fuzz on his cheeks and chin.
(c) Huck does not thread a needle in a feminine way.
(d) His fingernails are dirty.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Colonel Grangerford attired on Sundays?

2. Who was allowed to sleep in Emmeline Grangerford's room?

3. Huck's narrative includes the words: "but I was over the shoal water now." This is an example of what sort of figurative language?

4. Why is Huck pleased he chose to hide behind the curtain and not under the bed in Chapter 26?

5. Who is responsible for tending the door on the night of the special performance in Chapter 23?

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