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. How do Huck and Jim enter the wrecked ship?

2. What word should Huck have used instead of "dolphin"?

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

4. In his stories, what does Jim tell people about his five-cent piece?

5. What does Huck do with the canoe when he reaches Jackson's Island?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Comment on the significance of Huck's practical joke upon Jim.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Romantic imagination can be creative. In the character of Tom Sawyer, it is merely imitative. Discuss with close reference to the text.

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