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. Name the figurative language used in "the wind was trying to whisper something to me."

2. Why are loaves of bread floating down the river?

3. How can a snag in the river be recognized?

4. How do Huck and Jim enter the wrecked ship?

5. Why do Huck and Jim leave the baby's bottle in the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

2. How might Pappy's rejection of Huck's achievements at school be explained?

3. What is Huck's initial attitude towards Jim?

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

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

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

7. Why is Huck not overly concerned about the auction of the Wilks property?

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

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

10. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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