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. Why are loaves of bread floating down the river?

2. What word should Huck have used instead of "dolphin"?

3. What are yallarboys?

4. Who is the other person Huck tells Mary Jane in Chapter 28 would be in big trouble?

5. What is the oracle that Jim consults?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Aunt Sally respond to Huck's information about the way the boys entered and exited via the lightning rod?

4. How do the events of Chapter 37 continue to sustain Twain's satirical purpose?

5. What steps in Huck's journey to maturity are dealt with Chapter 31?

6. What final absurdity does Tom attempt in Chapter 40?

7. What precautions are taken in the Phelps household after the notes are received?

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

9. What happens to expose the King's lie about his arrival in the town?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Huck's conscience shows the struggle between what society wants us to do and what we know is right. These are often different. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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

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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