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. According to what Huck tells the King and the Duke, where did his parents come from?

2. How do Huck and Jim enter the wrecked ship?

3. Who pumps Huck for information about England?

4. What is the alias Huck uses at the Grangerfords?

5. In Chapter 13, what is Jim's attitude to the adventure he and Huck have just experienced?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

2. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

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

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

5. How does Joanna demonstrate that she has intelligence and a healthy skepticism?

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

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

8. Comment on the capacity for fantasy possessed by each main character as seen by Chapter 2 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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

10. In what way can the character of Pappy be seen purely as social commentary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrative in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn deals with a series of deceptions. Sometimes it is a matter of self-deception, while other events involve deliberate acts of deception for varying motives. In an essay, discuss the importance of deception and cite two examples, providing adequate details. You might include discussion on whether or not deception can be justified.

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

Discuss the types of cruelty (physical and emotional) presented in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. How does cruelty have a place in a comedic novel?

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