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 doesn't the Duke like about the King's portrayal of Juliet?

2. What does Jim confide to Huck in Chapter 23?

3. How was Colonel Grangerford attired on Sundays?

4. What are yallarboys?

5. Who pumps Huck for information about England?

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

3. Comment upon Huck's observation that, in the present situation, "the truth is better, and actuly safer, than a lie."

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

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

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

7. What is the special relevance of the catastrophe related in Chapter 18?

8. What is ironic about Jim claiming that a snakeskin brings bad luck?

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

10. What traits does Huck demonstrate in Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the important differences between the characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, as presented in the first four chapters of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine the idea of resourcefulness and why it is important in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Discuss the way in which this quality is demonstrated in two characters of your choice.

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