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. In Chapter 35, what does Tom instruct Huck to do?

2. According to Tom, how long did the Marseilles prisoner take to dig out, and where did he emerge?

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

4. How does Huck re-enter the house in Chapter 34?

5. What secret does Huck share with Tom in Chapter 33?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what interesting way does the arrival of Tom Sawyer in Chapter 33 develop the narrative?

2. Comment on Tom's proposed plans to recompense and appease Jim, who has suffered the most from Tom's absurd endeavors.

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

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

5. By Chapter 38, what is Jim's attitude to the efforts being made on his behalf?

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

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

8. Comment on the way in which Tom and Huck confuse the slave who is guarding Jim.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

For many, the conclusion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a failure. Why do you think some people hold that view? Do you agree or disagree with it? Write a fluent essay in which you discuss and evaluate the final two chapters of the novel.

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