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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 has been bringing many people to town in Chapter 21?
(a) A salesman selling a new embrocation.
(b) A traveling freak show.
(c) A performance of opera.
(d) A circus.

2. Huck's narrative includes the words: "but I was over the shoal water now." This is an example of what sort of figurative language?
(a) Simile.
(b) Exaggeration.
(c) Personification.
(d) Metaphor.

3. Why are Huck and Jim unable to land the catfish they caught?
(a) The line breaks.
(b) The fish is too enormous for them to handle.
(c) The fish pulls Jim into the water and he has to be rescued.
(d) The hook comes adrift.

4. In contrast to the expressions of grief acted by the King and the Duke, what does Huck view as a good thing?
(a) Capital.
(b) Frankness.
(c) Music.
(d) Honesty.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why isn't Lawyer Bell present in Chapter 25?

2. What is the main accusation Colonel Sherburn levels at the crowd?

3. What is the oracle that Jim consults?

4. Why do Huck and Jim leave the baby's bottle in the house?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What important difference between Huck and Jim is suggested during the conversation about King Solomon?

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

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

4. What is Huck's initial attitude towards Jim?

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

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

7. Comment on the significance of Huck's practical joke upon Jim.

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

9. What is the psychological card Colonel Sherburn plays so successfully during the confrontation?

10. In what way does the King act opportunistically for his own ends?

(see the answer keys)

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