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 keeps hold of Huck's hand in Chapter 29?

2. What excuse does Huck give the King for his flight from the cemetery?

3. Why was it ineffective to set the dogs on the gang in Chapter 40?

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

5. What does Aunt Sally think is wrong with Huck in Chapter 40?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way does each boy's rescue plan for Jim reflect his outlook on life?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The action in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn teeters between the comic and the tragic. Do you agree? Refer to specific incidents.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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