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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 happens two days after the funeral?
(a) The King preaches a sermon.
(b) Huck digs up the coffin.
(c) The King borrows a substantial sum of money.
(d) The King puts the property and slaves up for sale.

2. How does Huck's practical joke on Jim backfire?
(a) Huck is bitten by a rattlesnake.
(b) Jim is bitten by an actual snake.
(c) Jim turns the tables by putting live coals in Huck's bed.
(d) Jim is so angry that he attacks Huck.

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

4. What convinces the ferry captain to investigate the sinking ship?
(a) The opportunity for glory in catching murderers.
(b) The possibility of valuable salvage.
(c) Huck's story of a good financial reward.
(d) Huck's harrowing story of women and children in peril..

5. What separates Jim and Huck in the fog?
(a) A quarrel over food.
(b) Some rapids.
(c) A large island.
(d) Huck loses his lantern and Jim can't see him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Huck's reaction to the widow's prayer?

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

3. Where had the Grangerfords' beautiful oil cloth table cover come from?

4. Name the figurative language used in "the wind was trying to whisper something to me."

5. How do Huck and Jim first conceal themselves on the Illinois shore?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the events of Chapter 37 continue to sustain Twain's satirical purpose?

2. What is ironic about Jim claiming that a snakeskin brings bad luck?

3. How does Tom overreach himself in his elaborate construction of fantasy in Chapter 39?

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

5. In what sense does Jim reach his moral nadir when he considers buying his children from their owner?

6. By what means does Twain resolve the complicated story that is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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

8. Is there any way in which Tom Sawyer's character appears a little unpleasant at this point in the novel (by Chapter 35)?

9. In what way does Huck get more than he's bargained for at the Phelps farm?

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

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