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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 news does Mrs. Loftus give Huck regarding his 'murder'?
(a) Jim is a suspect.
(b) Judge Thatcher is a suspect.
(c) Miss Watson is engaged to be married.
(d) Pappy has accused Jim.

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

3. What does Huck do with his money?
(a) He signs the entire amount to Judge Thatcher.
(b) He asks Judge Thatcher to give it to the Widow.
(c) He asks Judge Thatcher to invest all the money in pork bellies.
(d) He gives the money to an anti-slavery movement.

4. How was Colonel Grangerford attired on Sundays?
(a) In a suit of dazzling pure white.
(b) In a scarlet smoking jacket and matching silk carpet slippers.
(c) In his miliraty uniform.
(d) In a blue tailcoat with brass buttons on it.

5. Why isn't Lawyer Bell present in Chapter 25?
(a) He is dead.
(b) He is out hunting.
(c) He is on holiday in New Orleans.
(d) He is on business in Louisville.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are loaves of bread floating down the river?

2. What is the alias Huck uses at the Grangerfords?

3. What is one symbol that the fog represents?

4. What convinces the ferry captain to investigate the sinking ship?

5. Why do the murderers defer leaving in the skiff?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Comment on the capacity for fantasy possessed by each main character as seen by Chapter 2 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

4. Why is Huck not overly concerned about the auction of the Wilks property?

5. What is Huck's initial attitude towards Jim?

6. In what way does the King act opportunistically for his own ends?

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

8. Comment on the significance of Huck's practical joke upon Jim.

9. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

10. What is the difference between the fraud practiced by the self-styled 'duke' and 'king' and the lies told by Huck?

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