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 alias Huck uses at the Grangerfords?

2. Where does Huck take refuge during the gunfight after Sophia's elopement?

3. What explanation does Huck give for having the gun in his hands?

4. As he chases Huck around the cabin, brandishing a knife, what does Pappy call his son?

5. What happens two days after the funeral?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How seriously should readers take the disclaimer "By Order of the Author"?

4. How does Tom overreach himself in his elaborate construction of fantasy in Chapter 39?

5. What techniques does Twain employ Chapter 35 to create humor?

6. By Chapter 38, what is Jim's attitude to the efforts being made on his behalf?

7. Is there any way in which Tom Sawyer's character appears a little unpleasant at this point in the novel (by Chapter 35)?

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

9. What precautions are taken in the Phelps household after the notes are received?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The action in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn teeters between the comic and the tragic. Do you agree? Refer to specific incidents.

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