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. Which alias does the Duke adopt for the performance?

2. Why is his father annoyed with Huck in Chapter 5?

3. When the King questions him in Chapter 27, what lie does Huck tell?

4. Where does Huck hide the money in Chapter 27?

5. Why does Huck take a canoe up a 'chute' in Chapter 19?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between the fraud practiced by the self-styled 'duke' and 'king' and the lies told by Huck?

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

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

4. In what ways are the scoundrels able to gain favor with the Wilks girls and the townsfolk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Huck's (or the author's) claim that this is a novel without a plot is simply not true. Do you agree? Discuss and evaluate the plot of Huckleberry Finn, making close reference to the text.

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