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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. Why does Huck want Mary Jane to leave before breakfast?
(a) He is afraid Mary Jane will confront the King and slap his face.
(b) He knows the expression on her face will show the King and the Duke that she is onto them.
(c) She'll be able to arrive at the Lothrops' place before the heat of the day.
(d) He knows there is better food at the Lothrop place.

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

3. Why is Huck feeling "mean and miserable" in Chapter 15?
(a) He is lonely.
(b) He knows he has been mean to Jim.
(c) He is troubled by his conscience.
(d) He is hungry and cold.

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

5. How does Huck give himself thinking time when questions about England become awkward?
(a) He pretends to sneeze.
(b) He has a drink of water.
(c) He says there's a mouse under the table.
(d) He pretends to choke on a chicken bone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the source of the commotion in the cellar in Chapter 27?

2. What does Huck do with the canoe when he reaches Jackson's Island?

3. Why is his father annoyed with Huck in Chapter 5?

4. Why does Huck take a canoe up a 'chute' in Chapter 19?

5. Where does Huck take refuge during the gunfight after Sophia's elopement?

Short Essay Questions

1. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

2. What makes the river a dangerous, as well as an idyllic, place to be?

3. How seriously should readers take the disclaimer "By Order of the Author"?

4. How do Jim and Huck survive as they travel down the river on the raft?

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

6. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

7. In what ways are the scoundrels able to gain favor with the Wilks girls and the townsfolk?

8. What is the psychological card Colonel Sherburn plays so successfully during the confrontation?

9. What is the special relevance of the catastrophe related in Chapter 18?

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

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