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 the main accusation Colonel Sherburn levels at the crowd?

2. How did Tom and Huck become rich?

3. What convinces the ferry captain to investigate the sinking ship?

4. Name the figurative language used in "the wind was trying to whisper something to me."

5. What is the origin of the feud between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

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

3. In what way can the character of Pappy be seen purely as social commentary?

4. How might Pappy's rejection of Huck's achievements at school be explained?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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