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. How was Colonel Grangerford attired on Sundays?

2. Why are loaves of bread floating down the river?

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

4. In what way is Huck's time with his father spoiled?

5. Huck's narrative includes the words: "but I was over the shoal water now." This is an example of what sort of figurative language?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

4. What is the special relevance of the catastrophe related in Chapter 18?

5. How does Huck discover that the local authorities are in pursuit of Jim?

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

7. When responding Chapter 42, what conclusion is it possible to make concerning a romantic view of the world?

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

9. How has the situation escalated by Chapter 40?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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

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