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. Which of these statements is closest to a description of Huck's father?

2. Name the figurative language used in "the wind was trying to whisper something to me."

3. Which people did Huck and Tom intend to ambush?

4. How was Colonel Grangerford attired on Sundays?

5. Who was allowed to sleep in Emmeline Grangerford's room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Huck intend to deal with the problem of the arrival of the real Tom Sawyer?

4. Why is Huck not overly concerned about the auction of the Wilks property?

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

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

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

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

9. In what way does his account of the con men's humiliation reinforce that Huck's character is maturing?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that presents a strong argument in support of the statement: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has a strong moral core. Readers should ignore the disclaimer that appears at the beginning of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Much of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is satirical. Identify two satirical targets in the novel and demonstrate your understanding of Twain's satirical technique in presenting his point of view. Write an essay of discussion. Remember that satirical targets can be individual people, groups of people, institutions, ideologies, attitudes.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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