Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii 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. What helped Liholiho defy the rules of men and women dining together?

2. How long was the crater that Twain saw in chapter 25?

3. What animal was roasted and offered to Kamehameha's corpse?

4. How did Twain react to Kailua?

5. Which food was Twain fed on the schooner during his trip to Hawaii in chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Mr. Brown trying to steal in chapter 20?

2. How was Captain Cook murdered?

3. What was it about Hawaii's sugar production that impressed Twain in chapter 23?

4. How was Captain Cook's monument described by Twain in chapter 20?

5. Which parts of the princess's ceremony were not appreciated by Twain?

6. Why was the attempt by Twain and Mr. Brown to get food in chapter 20 humorous?

7. Which story was told about General Van Valkenburgh in the postscript of chapter 17?

8. Where did Twain watch the ceremony for Princess Victoria in chapter 16, and how did the natives prepare for it?

9. When did Twain view the volcano of Kilauea and how was it transformed?

10. What fruit surprised Twain in Kona and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Twain's objections to the naming of the Pacific Ocean, using his experience aboard the Ajax as his motivation. Also, provide an explanation of how the Pacific actually received its name, who named it, and what you think some of the possible reasons were for naming it the Pacific.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Hawaii's sugar production using all of Twain's information, estimations, and calculations. In addition, provide a description of the local sugar refinery that Twain visited, the reasons behind Twain's predictions, and a comparison of Hawaiian sugar production and American sugar production.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Twain's disagreement with Mr. Staley about the effect of the American missionaries on Hawaii and the natives' culture. In your analysis, provide the points that Twain made against Staley, the sources that he quoted, and how Twain differentiated Staley's judgments from his own.

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