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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 was it ineffective to set the dogs on the gang in Chapter 40?
(a) The boys fed the dogs a sleeping drug.
(b) The dogs knew the boys and Jim.
(c) The boys and Jim had too much of a head start.
(d) The boys and Jim crossed water and put them off the scent.

2. In Chapter 29, how does the King claim he arrived in the town?
(a) On the Beagle from New Orleans.
(b) On the Susan Powell from St. Paul.
(c) On the Susan Powell from Cincinnati.
(d) On the Beagle from Darwin.

3. What prevents Jim from being hanged?
(a) Convenience.
(b) Financial considerations - they'd have to pay his owner for him.
(c) Compassion.
(d) Pleas from Huck and Tom.

4. How did the King obtain the money to get drunk?
(a) He had kept some of the Wilks family's money.
(b) He robbed a house.
(c) He stole from an old woman.
(d) He sold Jim as a runaway slave.

5. Why isn't Jim able to sleep in Chapter 39?
(a) He is excited about escaping.
(b) He is afraid of witches.
(c) Huck and Tom make too much noise.
(d) He is disturbed by the animals' activity.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what point do Huck and Tom enter Jim's cabin?

2. What does Huck see behind the smokehouse in Chapter 35?

3. How many mottoes does Tom devise for Jim's coat-of-arms?

4. What is Mrs. Hotchkiss's opinion of Jim?

5. Why does Tom Sawyer say "H'aint ever done you no harm"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does his account of the con men's humiliation reinforce that Huck's character is maturing?

2. What happens to expose the King's lie about his arrival in the town?

3. How do the events of Chapter 37 continue to sustain Twain's satirical purpose?

4. Who is made a scapegoat in the matter of the spoons and the rats?

5. By Chapter 38, what is Jim's attitude to the efforts being made on his behalf?

6. Comment on Tom's proposed plans to recompense and appease Jim, who has suffered the most from Tom's absurd endeavors.

7. Is there any rationale for the King confessing to hiding the money in the coffin?

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

9. In what way does Huck get more than he's bargained for at the Phelps farm?

10. Account for the way the townspeople now view Jim as some sort of lunatic in Chapter 41.

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