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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the origin of the feud between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons?
(a) There was a dispute over land.
(b) No one seems to know, as it started so long ago.
(c) There was a dispute over the river landing stage.
(d) There was a romance between a Shepherdson and a Grangerford.

2. In what way is Huck's time with his father spoiled?
(a) They never catch any fish.
(b) His father beats him frequently.
(c) His father threatens him with a shotgun.
(d) They run out of money.

3. Who was allowed to sleep in Emmeline Grangerford's room?
(a) Harney Shepherson.
(b) No one.
(c) Huck.
(d) Guests from New Orleans.

4. In contrast to the expressions of grief acted by the King and the Duke, what does Huck view as a good thing?
(a) Capital.
(b) Music.
(c) Frankness.
(d) Honesty.

5. Why do Huck and Jim find themselves riding the river through thick fog in Chapter 15?
(a) They are embarking on a new adventure and want to take risks.
(b) The mooring rope has been lost.
(c) The sapling they use as a mooring is not strong enough to hold the raft.
(d) The fog has come down too suddenly for them to get to shore.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to what Huck tells the King and the Duke, where did his parents come from?

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

3. How is Jim alerted to the coming lightning storm?

4. Why do Huck and Jim leave the baby's bottle in the house?

5. What is the main accusation Colonel Sherburn levels at the crowd?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joanna demonstrate that she has intelligence and a healthy skepticism?

2. Why does Huck consider moving the money from its hiding-place in Peter Wilks' coffin?

3. In Chapter 13, why does Huck again find it necessary to adopt a disguise?

4. In what way can the character of Pappy be seen purely as social commentary?

5. Comment upon Huck's observation that, in the present situation, "the truth is better, and actuly safer, than a lie."

6. Comment on Huck's experience of prayer in Chapter 3.

7. How do readers know that Huck feels deeply for Mary Jane?

8. How does Huck discover that the local authorities are in pursuit of Jim?

9. What makes Huck ashamed of his humanity in Chapter 24?

10. What important difference between Huck and Jim is suggested during the conversation about King Solomon?

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