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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. Why are the streets of the 'one horse town' empty?
(a) Most people have gone to the camp meeting.
(b) The town is under quarantine.
(c) It is siesta time.
(d) It is a ghost town.

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

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

4. 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 the first thing the duke does is to look under the bed.
(c) Because there is a smelly chamber pot under the bed.
(d) Because he can actually see what the King and the Duke are up to.

5. How do Huck and Jim enter the wrecked ship?
(a) Through a hole in the stern.
(b) They climb onto the larboard deck and go down a ladder.
(c) Through the forward skylight.
(d) By climbing the paddle-wheel.

Short Answer Questions

1. In contrast to the expressions of grief acted by the King and the Duke, what does Huck view as a good thing?

2. Why does Huck want Mary Jane to leave before breakfast?

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

4. Whose idea of the after-life does Huck favor?

5. What has been bringing many people to town in Chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes the river a dangerous, as well as an idyllic, place to be?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Chapter 4 show the reader about Huckleberry Finn's character?

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

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