The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Test | Final 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. Why was it ineffective to set the dogs on the gang in Chapter 40?

2. What does Huck confess to Aunt Sally in Chapter 41?

3. According to Huck, what delayed his steamer?

4. How did the King obtain the money to get drunk?

5. Which animal does Tom suggest Jim might tame?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way is Huck's and Tom's relationship changing by Chapter 36?

2. What final absurdity does Tom attempt in Chapter 40?

3. How has the situation escalated by Chapter 40?

4. In what way does the opening paragraph of Chapter 31 foreshadow following events?

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

6. How do the events of Chapter 37 continue to sustain Twain's satirical purpose?

7. How does Tom overreach himself in his elaborate construction of fantasy in Chapter 39?

8. What human vice ironically provides the means for Huck and the con men to escape after the Wilks fraud?

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

10. What steps in Huck's journey to maturity are dealt with Chapter 31?

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

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 3

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.

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