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 people did Huck and Tom intend to ambush?

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

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

4. What is Huck's reaction to the widow's prayer?

5. What is unusual about the tracks Huck finds in the snow?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Comment on Huck's experience of prayer in Chapter 3.

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

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

8. How does Huck discover that the local authorities are in pursuit of Jim?

9. In what way does the King act opportunistically for his own ends?

10. What is significant about the murder of Boggs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What are the main types of conflict in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Identify two areas of conflict in the novel (these could be internal and/or external conflicts) and discuss the importance of these for the novel as a whole. Make close reference to the text.

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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