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

2. How many logs worth selling do Pap and Huck find?

3. What is the 'good place' to which Miss Watson keeps referring?

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

5. How does Huck augment his and Jim's diet of river fish and shot waterfowl?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Comment on the significance of Huck's practical joke upon Jim.

3. How does Twainagain explore the idea of conscience in Chapter 23?

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

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

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

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

8. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

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

10. Comment on the capacity for fantasy possessed by each main character as seen by Chapter 2 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The activities of the King and the Duke show readers as much about the victims of fraud as it does about the perpetrators. Discuss, making close reference to the text. Include a detailed discussion of one of these characters' scams.

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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