The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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

Huck's conscience shows the struggle between what society wants us to do and what we know is right. These are often different. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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