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. Who is the servant, Adolphus?

2. What was Peter Wilks's occupation?

3. What has been bringing many people to town in Chapter 21?

4. What is the main accusation Colonel Sherburn levels at the crowd?

5. Why are the streets of the 'one horse town' empty?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What important difference between Huck and Jim is suggested during the conversation about King Solomon?

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

4. Account for the way the townspeople now view Jim as some sort of lunatic in Chapter 41.

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

6. How does Twain satirize popular literature in Chapter 17?

7. How has the situation escalated by Chapter 40?

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

9. In what way does each boy's rescue plan for Jim reflect his outlook on life?

10. How do readers know that Huck feels deeply for Mary Jane?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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