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. Who was allowed to sleep in Emmeline Grangerford's room?

2. Which people did Huck and Tom intend to ambush?

3. Who gives new clothes to Pappy?

4. How do they all make good their escape from the villagers in Chapter 23?

5. Who has "no more smile to him than there is to a ham"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Huck feel when he glimpses the King and the Duke rowing fast towards the raft in Chapter 29?

2. Is there any rationale for the King confessing to hiding the money in the coffin?

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

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

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

6. In what interesting way does the arrival of Tom Sawyer in Chapter 33 develop the narrative?

7. Comment on Tom's proposed plans to recompense and appease Jim, who has suffered the most from Tom's absurd endeavors.

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

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

10. How does Joanna demonstrate that she has intelligence and a healthy skepticism?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Romantic imagination can be creative. In the character of Tom Sawyer, it is merely imitative. Discuss with close reference to the text.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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