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. Why do Huck and Jim leave the baby's bottle in the house?

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

4. Who is the other person Huck tells Mary Jane in Chapter 28 would be in big trouble?

5. Who is responsible for tending the door on the night of the special performance in Chapter 23?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

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

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

Huck's conscience shows the struggle between what society wants us to do and what we know is right. These are often different. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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