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 encores does the Duke suggest Chapter 21?

2. Where does Huck go to cook his supper in Chapter 8?

3. What separates Jim and Huck in the fog?

4. What explanation does 'Sarah/Mary' Williams give for her journey?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In Chapter 13, why does Huck again find it necessary to adopt a disguise?

6. Comment on the significance of Huck's practical joke upon Jim.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the idea of resourcefulness and why it is important in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Discuss the way in which this quality is demonstrated in two characters of your choice.

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

Much of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is satirical. Identify two satirical targets in the novel and demonstrate your understanding of Twain's satirical technique in presenting his point of view. Write an essay of discussion. Remember that satirical targets can be individual people, groups of people, institutions, ideologies, attitudes.

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