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 is Silas Phelps scared?

2. What secret does Jim reveal at the end of the book?

3. What kind of enterprise does the Phelps family have?

4. How does Huck explain Tom's wound to the doctor in Chapter 41?

5. What are the clues that there is someone in the ash hopper?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In what way does Huck get more than he's bargained for at the Phelps farm?

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

5. How does Huck feel when he glimpses the King and the Duke rowing fast towards the raft in Chapter 29?

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

7. What happens to expose the King's lie about his arrival in the town?

8. What is ironic about Huck's comment to Tom: "Your head gets leveler and leveler all the time"?

9. Is there any rationale for the King confessing to hiding the money in the coffin?

10. What precautions are taken in the Phelps household after the notes are received?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The activities of the King and the Duke show readers as much about the victims of fraud as it does about the perpetrators. Discuss, making close reference to the text. Include a detailed discussion of one of these characters' scams.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine the idea of resourcefulness and why it is important in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Discuss the way in which this quality is demonstrated in two characters of your choice.

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