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

2. Why does Huck take a canoe up a 'chute' in Chapter 19?
(a) To find some berries.
(b) To evade Pappy.
(c) To find Jim.
(d) To steal a chicken.

3. Whose idea of the after-life does Huck favor?
(a) His father's.
(b) The widow's.
(c) Miss Watson's.
(d) Tom Sawyer's.

4. What are yallarboys?
(a) Gold coins.
(b) Cowardly youths.
(c) A type of fish.
(d) Children suffering from jaundice.

5. Who says: "It's lovely to live on a raft"?
(a) Huck Finn.
(b) Tom Sawyer.
(c) Jim.
(d) The Duke.

Short Answer Questions

1. What explanation does Huck give for having the gun in his hands?

2. Why is Huck worried when the coffin lid is screwed on?

3. Who is the other person Huck tells Mary Jane in Chapter 28 would be in big trouble?

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

5. What forms the basis of the humorous conversation in Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

5. In what interesting way does the arrival of Tom Sawyer in Chapter 33 develop the narrative?

6. How does Twainagain explore the idea of conscience in Chapter 23?

7. What happens to expose the King's lie about his arrival in the town?

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

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

10. What is Jim's final act of kindness towards Huck?

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