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 responsible for tending the door on the night of the special performance in Chapter 23?

2. What news does Mrs. Loftus give Huck regarding his 'murder'?

3. Why are loaves of bread floating down the river?

4. Who says: "It's lovely to live on a raft"?

5. As he chases Huck around the cabin, brandishing a knife, what does Pappy call his son?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

2. What is the psychological card Colonel Sherburn plays so successfully during the confrontation?

3. How does Twainagain explore the idea of conscience in Chapter 23?

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

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

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

7. What is Huck's initial attitude towards Jim?

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

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

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

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

In view of the events and ideas in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, explain what could be meant by 'society's make-believe' (Chapter 3). How important is this concept to the novel as a whole?

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