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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. How can a snag in the river be recognized?
(a) By a swirl and ripple in the water.
(b) By the way it sticks out of the water.
(c) By the height of the waves.
(d) Through the appearance of a streak in the water.

2. In Jim's eyes, how is Huck different?
(a) Jim says Huck is 'true blue' and is helping him.
(b) Jim notes that Huck has little care for money.
(c) Jim thinks Huck is braver than anyone else he knows.
(d) Jim says Huck is the only 'white' person who has ever honored a promise to him.

3. What is the oracle that Jim consults?
(a) The way a toad reacts when it is prodded with a stick.
(b) A crystal ball.
(c) A chicken's liver.
(d) A hairball.

4. What is the source of the commotion in the cellar in Chapter 27?
(a) A dog has baled up a runaway slave.
(b) The King and the Duke fighting over the money.
(c) A drunken mourner has raided a wine barrell.
(d) A dog that has found a rat.

5. What calamity befalls Huck and Jim at the end of Chapter 16?
(a) The raft is destroyed as they ride over some rapids.
(b) The canoe is stolen.
(c) The raft is destroyed in a collision with a large steamboat.
(d) The raft drifts off by itself and is lost.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is responsible for tending the door on the night of the special performance in Chapter 23?

2. How does Huck's practical joke on Jim backfire?

3. Why is Huck feeling "mean and miserable" in Chapter 15?

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

5. Who pumps Huck for information about England?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways are the scoundrels able to gain favor with the Wilks girls and the townsfolk?

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

3. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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