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

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

3. Why is Huck pleased he chose to hide behind the curtain and not under the bed in Chapter 26?
(a) Because he enjoys the perfume in Mary Jane's dresses.
(b) Because there is a smelly chamber pot under the bed.
(c) Because he can actually see what the King and the Duke are up to.
(d) Because the first thing the duke does is to look under the bed.

4. What is the alias Huck uses at the Grangerfords?
(a) George Jackson.
(b) Tom Sawyer.
(c) George Jameson.
(d) Andrew Jackson.

5. 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) Honesty.
(c) Music.
(d) Frankness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the sunken steamer?

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

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

4. What convinces the ferry captain to investigate the sinking ship?

5. How do they all make good their escape from the villagers in Chapter 23?

Short Essay Questions

1. Comment upon the serious layer of meaning in the escapade to free Jim.

2. When responding Chapter 42, what conclusion is it possible to make concerning a romantic view of the world?

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

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

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

6. By what means does Twain resolve the complicated story that is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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

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

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

10. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

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