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 does Huck do with the canoe when he reaches Jackson's Island?

2. Whose idea of the after-life does Huck favor?

3. How does Huck give himself thinking time when questions about England become awkward?

4. In contrast to the expressions of grief acted by the King and the Duke, what does Huck view as a good thing?

5. Why are Huck and Jim unable to land the catfish they caught?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Chapter 4 show the reader about Huckleberry Finn's character?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the main types of conflict in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Identify two areas of conflict in the novel (these could be internal and/or external conflicts) and discuss the importance of these for the novel as a whole. Make close reference to the text.

Essay Topic 2

There are many scenes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in which a clash of values occurs. Discuss two character's whose values clash and how this clash affects the plot.

Essay Topic 3

The real hero of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is Jim. Do you believe this to be a fair comment? Give clear reasons expressed in a fluent essay that refers closely to the text.

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