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

2. Where does Huck take refuge during the gunfight after Sophia's elopement?
(a) Under the wood heap.
(b) In his canoe.
(c) In a tree.
(d) In Emeline's bedroom.

3. How many logs worth selling do Pap and Huck find?
(a) Sixteen.
(b) Six.
(c) Ten.
(d) Nine.

4. How do Huck and Jim enter the wrecked ship?
(a) Through the forward skylight.
(b) Through a hole in the stern.
(c) By climbing the paddle-wheel.
(d) They climb onto the larboard deck and go down a ladder.

5. Which of these statements is closest to a description of Huck's father?
(a) He has a brutal face with a broken nose and a big scar on his left cheek.
(b) He has a ghostly white face, dribbles through broken teeth and has eyes that once might have been intelligent.
(c) He has wide lips, shaggy hair and very bad breath.
(d) He has a white face, long greasy beard and dark black eyes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who gives new clothes to Pappy?

2. Who was allowed to sleep in Emmeline Grangerford's room?

3. What illness is supposed to be the problem at the Proctors'?

4. How has Jim been attempting to test the authenticity of the King's story?

5. What word should Huck have used instead of "dolphin"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Huck feel when he glimpses the King and the Duke rowing fast towards the raft in Chapter 29?

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

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

8. Comment on Tom's proposed plans to recompense and appease Jim, who has suffered the most from Tom's absurd endeavors.

9. In what way does his account of the con men's humiliation reinforce that Huck's character is maturing?

10. What is ironic about Huck's comment to Tom: "Your head gets leveler and leveler all the time"?

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