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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. According to Tom, how do prisoners always water their plants?
2. What does Aunt Sally think is wrong with Huck in Chapter 40?
3. Why didn't Huck mind Uncle Silas' long blessing?
4. What is the slave guard afraid of?
5. In Chapter 32, who does Huck say gave him breakfast?
Short Essay Questions
1. Comment on the way in which Tom and Huck confuse the slave who is guarding Jim.
2. By Chapter 38, what is Jim's attitude to the efforts being made on his behalf?
3. What precautions are taken in the Phelps household after the notes are received?
4. What is ironic about Huck's comment to Tom: "Your head gets leveler and leveler all the time"?
5. Who is made a scapegoat in the matter of the spoons and the rats?
6. How does Tom overreach himself in his elaborate construction of fantasy in Chapter 39?
7. When responding Chapter 42, what conclusion is it possible to make concerning a romantic view of the world?
8. In what way is Huck's and Tom's relationship changing by Chapter 36?
9. What happens to expose the King's lie about his arrival in the town?
10. In what interesting way does the arrival of Tom Sawyer in Chapter 33 develop the narrative?
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
The most lyrical moments in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn concern Huck's response to nature. Examine Huck's relationship with the natural world, dealing closely with two passages of your choice. How do these passages illuminate Huck's character for us?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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