The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do Huck and Jim find themselves riding the river through thick fog in Chapter 15?

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

3. How did Tom and Huck become rich?

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

5. Who pumps Huck for information about England?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the difference between the fraud practiced by the self-styled 'duke' and 'king' and the lies told by Huck?

5. How do Jim and Huck survive as they travel down the river on the raft?

6. In Chapter 13, why does Huck again find it necessary to adopt a disguise?

7. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

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

9. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In view of the events and ideas in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, explain what could be meant by 'society's make-believe' (Chapter 3). How important is this concept to the novel as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

Much of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is satirical. Identify two satirical targets in the novel and demonstrate your understanding of Twain's satirical technique in presenting his point of view. Write an essay of discussion. Remember that satirical targets can be individual people, groups of people, institutions, ideologies, attitudes.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the idea of resourcefulness and why it is important in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Discuss the way in which this quality is demonstrated in two characters of your choice.

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