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 critters prevented Twain from getting any sleep on his trip to Hawaii in chapter 18?

2. What is the name of the small schooner that Twain took to visit Hawaii in chapter 18?

3. How long before the arrival of the missionaries was Kamehameha's funeral?

4. As Twain reports in chapter 15, how long was the crew of the burned clipper ship, the Hornet, adrift at sea?

5. Which aspects of the ceremony caused Twain to write about it as a spectacle in chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Which advantages did Hawaii have in producing sugar?

3. What fruit surprised Twain in Kona and why?

4. Who was Charlton and why was he sued in Hawaiian courts?

5. Why did Twain's disappointment of the crater of Kilauea change in chapter 25?

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

7. What description did Twain give of Kona's volcanic ground?

8. What was Twain's view from the deck of the Boomerang in chapter 18, and how was it interrupted?

9. How did Twain display his awareness of the responsibility he had as a journalist when he wrote about his voyage on the Boomerang?

10. What caused the Hornet to burn in the first place?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the Saturday market, the natives that Twain encountered there, and its history, including the way it was before the laws were instituted, why and how the laws were designed, and what had changed in the areas since they were introduced.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the Hawaiian legislature was formed, its main parts, their responsibilities, and examples of why Twain considered the legislature to be disorderly. Include an analysis of Twain's views on the Legislative Assembly, and the processing of court cases and bills.

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