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. How do Huck and Jim enter the wrecked ship?

2. What happens two days after the funeral?

3. What idea is it that Huck and his friends don't fully understand [when forming their gang and making plans]?

4. Where does Huck take refuge during the gunfight after Sophia's elopement?

5. In his stories, what does Jim tell people about his five-cent piece?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Twain satirize popular literature in Chapter 17?

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

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

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

6. In what sense does Jim reach his moral nadir when he considers buying his children from their owner?

7. Comment on Huck's experience of prayer in Chapter 3.

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

9. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The most lyrical moments in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn concern Huck's response to nature. Examine Huck's relationship with the natural world, dealing closely with two passages of your choice. How do these passages illuminate Huck's character for us?

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

Since The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, much discussion has focused on the significance of the river/shore contrast. In a fluent essay, explain your personal response to this. What do you think is important about the river and in what important ways does it contrast with the shore?

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