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 is Huck's reaction to the widow's prayer?

2. Who says: "It's lovely to live on a raft"?

3. What is the name of the sunken steamer?

4. What calamity befalls Huck and Jim at the end of Chapter 16?

5. Which of these statements is closest to a description of Huck's father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the important differences between the characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, as presented in the first four chapters of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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