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 did Tom and Huck become rich?

2. What doesn't the Duke like about the King's portrayal of Juliet?

3. Why do the murderers defer leaving in the skiff?

4. What news does Mrs. Loftus give Huck regarding his 'murder'?

5. In Chapter 13, what is Jim's attitude to the adventure he and Huck have just experienced?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Comment upon Huck's observation that, in the present situation, "the truth is better, and actuly safer, than a lie."

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the special relevance of the catastrophe related in Chapter 18?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The action in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn teeters between the comic and the tragic. Do you agree? Refer to specific incidents.

Essay Topic 2

Huck's conscience shows the struggle between what society wants us to do and what we know is right. These are often different. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Essay Topic 3

Romantic imagination can be creative. In the character of Tom Sawyer, it is merely imitative. Discuss with close reference to the text.

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