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. Who says: "It's lovely to live on a raft"?

2. How is Jim alerted to the coming lightning storm?

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

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

5. How does Huck escape from the cabin he has been locked in for three days?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the psychological card Colonel Sherburn plays so successfully during the confrontation?

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

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

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 readers know that Huck feels deeply for Mary Jane?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The real hero of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is Jim. Do you believe this to be a fair comment? Give clear reasons expressed in a fluent essay that refers closely to the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

For many, the conclusion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a failure. Why do you think some people hold that view? Do you agree or disagree with it? Write a fluent essay in which you discuss and evaluate the final two chapters of the novel.

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