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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 forms the basis of the humorous conversation in Chapter 14?
(a) Huck's American vernacular.
(b) Huck's garbled retelling of matter he has just read about.
(c) Jim's accent.
(d) Huck telling Jim more tall stories.

2. How can a snag in the river be recognized?
(a) By the way it sticks out of the water.
(b) Through the appearance of a streak in the water.
(c) By a swirl and ripple in the water.
(d) By the height of the waves.

3. What is the 'good place' to which Miss Watson keeps referring?
(a) Baton Rouge.
(b) Heaven.
(c) Church.
(d) The cemetery.

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

5. How is Jim alerted to the coming lightning storm?
(a) He understands clouds and thunderheads.
(b) He feels a change in the atmosphere and smells ozone.
(c) He goes into a trance and sees a vision of the coming storm.
(d) He has an astute observation of birds.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Jim's eyes, how is Huck different?

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

3. How many logs worth selling do Pap and Huck find?

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

5. Where does Huck hide the money in Chapter 27?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How might Pappy's rejection of Huck's achievements at school be explained?

6. How does Twain satirize popular literature in Chapter 17?

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

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

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

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

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