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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 action does Jim fear will bring bad luck?
(a) Touching a snake's skin.
(b) Falling over a black cat.
(c) Spitting into the wind.
(d) Pulling floating bread from the river.

2. What is Huck's reaction to the widow's prayer?
(a) He takes it seriously and vows to attend church.
(b) He ridicules prayer because he can't see how it helps people.
(c) He takes it seriously and goes off to the forest to think about it
(d) He decides to test prayer by praying for impossible things.

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

4. What word should Huck have used instead of "dolphin"?
(a) Dauphin.
(b) Catfish.
(c) Dapin.
(d) Whale.

5. In Chapter 13, what is Jim's attitude to the adventure he and Huck have just experienced?
(a) Ambivalent. He is uncertain about the moral status of what they have just done.
(b) Compliant. He likes Huck to lead, enjoyed the adventure and falls in with Huck's ideas.
(c) Negative. He didn't enjoy it and doesn't want similar adventures.
(d) Enthusiastic. He can't wait for the next opportunity, though he does have some criticism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which alias does the Duke adopt for the performance?

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

3. Where, on the island, do Huck and Jim hide their belongings?

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

5. How do Huck and Jim enter the wrecked ship?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Huck consider moving the money from its hiding-place in Peter Wilks' coffin?

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

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

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

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