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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. Who pumps Huck for information about England?
(a) Mary Jane.
(b) Jim.
(c) Joanna.
(d) The King.

2. What is the oracle that Jim consults?
(a) A hairball.
(b) The way a toad reacts when it is prodded with a stick.
(c) A chicken's liver.
(d) A crystal ball.

3. Which encores does the Duke suggest Chapter 21?
(a) The Highland fling, the sailor's hornpipe and Hamlet's soliloquy.
(b) The Highland fling, the Irish jig and Malvolio's tirade.
(c) Hamlet's soliloquy, the death of Macbeth and the death of Juliet.
(d) Hamlet's soliloquy, the Highland fling and the sword-dance.

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

5. Who gives new clothes to Pappy?
(a) The new Judge.
(b) Huck.
(c) Miss Watson.
(d) Judge Thatcher.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Huck take a canoe up a 'chute' in Chapter 19?

2. What is the origin of the feud between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons?

3. How does Huck escape from the cabin he has been locked in for three days?

4. Huck's narrative includes the words: "but I was over the shoal water now." This is an example of what sort of figurative language?

5. In his stories, what does Jim tell people about his five-cent piece?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

5. How do readers know that Huck feels deeply for Mary Jane?

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

7. What makes Huck ashamed of his humanity in Chapter 24?

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

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

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

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