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. Who works out that Jim is confined in the ash hopper?

2. From the list below, select the set of character traits Tom Sawyer is shown to have, as shown in Chapter 34.

3. In Chapter 32, who does Huck say gave him breakfast?

4. Where does the King lay the blame for the missing money?

5. What is the problem with Jim being imprisoned in a log cabin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What techniques does Twain employ Chapter 35 to create humor?

4. Is there any way in which Tom Sawyer's character appears a little unpleasant at this point in the novel (by Chapter 35)?

5. How has the situation escalated by Chapter 40?

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

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

8. How does Aunt Sally respond to Huck's information about the way the boys entered and exited via the lightning rod?

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

10. Who is made a scapegoat in the matter of the spoons and the rats?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Since The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, much discussion has focused on the significance of the river/shore contrast. In a fluent essay, explain your personal response to this. What do you think is important about the river and in what important ways does it contrast with the shore?

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

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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