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 built Silas Phelps' church?

2. What prevents Jim from being hanged?

3. Which characters are dreadfully blue and desperate in Chapter 31?

4. What types of snakes do Huck and Tom catch?

5. What does Jim throw out the window in Chapter 37?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When responding Chapter 42, what conclusion is it possible to make concerning a romantic view of the world?

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

5. In what way does his account of the con men's humiliation reinforce that Huck's character is maturing?

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

7. How does Huck intend to deal with the problem of the arrival of the real Tom Sawyer?

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

9. Comment upon the serious layer of meaning in the escapade to free Jim.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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