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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 has "no more smile to him than there is to a ham"?
(a) The undertaker.
(b) Peter.
(c) The King.
(d) Jim.

2. What first alerts Mrs. Loftus to the fact that 'Sarah/Mary' is a boy?
(a) His fingernails are dirty.
(b) Huck does not thread a needle in a feminine way.
(c) She sees that he has some fuzz on his cheeks and chin.
(d) He doesn't walk daintily in a dress.

3. What explanation does Huck give for having the gun in his hands?
(a) He says he was checking to see if it was loaded.
(b) He tells his father someone was trying to break into the cabin.
(c) He tells his father he was being helpful by cleaning the gun.
(d) He says he was about to go and shoot a wild hog.

4. What was Peter Wilks's occupation?
(a) Printer.
(b) Tanner.
(c) Baker.
(d) Doctor.

5. Who is the other person Huck tells Mary Jane in Chapter 28 would be in big trouble?
(a) Joanna.
(b) Tom Sawyer.
(c) Jim.
(d) Harney Shepherdson.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Huck give himself thinking time when questions about England become awkward?

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

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

4. Where does Huck go to cook his supper in Chapter 8?

5. What does Jim confide to Huck in Chapter 23?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the difference between the fraud practiced by the self-styled 'duke' and 'king' and the lies told by Huck?

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

6. In Chapter 13, why does Huck again find it necessary to adopt a disguise?

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

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

9. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

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

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