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 does Huck give himself thinking time when questions about England become awkward?

2. What was Peter Wilks's occupation?

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

4. Why are Huck and Jim unable to land the catfish they caught?

5. What does Huck call "the horriblest looking outrage I ever see"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that presents a strong argument in support of the statement: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has a strong moral core. Readers should ignore the disclaimer that appears at the beginning of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the types of cruelty (physical and emotional) presented in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. How does cruelty have a place in a comedic novel?

Essay Topic 3

This novel shows readers a series of communities in which behavior borders on the barbaric and living conditions are frequently very basic. Do you agree? Discuss this statement, making detailed reference to the text in support of your own original thinking.

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