Roughing It Test | Mid-Book 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 idea does the mining party abandon the digging of their mine for?

2. How do the miners claim the ledge on the side of the mountain?

3. As the narrator recounts, who is the stage carrying that the Goshoot Indians once attacked?

4. What type of mill does the narrator end up working for after he is left with no money?

5. What gift does Capt. John Nye have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Slade die and what point does the narrator make about it?

2. What is the economy of Salt Lake City like, and how long do the travelers stay there?

3. How does the narrator describe the Goshoot Indians?

4. Why is Slade feared and what happens between him and the narrator?

5. How does the narrator discuss the Mormon religion?

6. What is Roughing It about, according to the author?

7. What skills does Captain John Nye have, and how does he help the narrator and his party?

8. How does the narrator begin his journey in Chapter I?

9. What is the writing style of Mark Twain that is established in the Prefatory?

10. What are Twain's views about the amount of information in the book, as he states in the Prefatory?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Higbie's character in detail, including his background and main attributes. Also, analyze the decisions made by both the narrator and Higbie to abandon their blind lead claim. What is the major difference in the two decisions and how does it define each character? Provide examples from the book to explain the possible reasons for why the author chooses to include Higbie in the book's dedication instead of some of the other characters he meets during his journey, such as Captain John Nye.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the narrator's trip on the stage coach to the trip made by a reporter after the railroad is completed. Also, include the point the author is making with the comparison and why he chooses to contrast his trip with a future one.

Essay Topic 3

One of the major lessons in Roughing It is the contradiction in the notion of becoming rich with little effort. This theme is returned to a number of different times throughout the book.

1) Explain what the goal of the narrator is in Nevada and why he believes it is possible.

2) Describe 3 ways that the narrator attempts to achieve his goal and the results of them.

3) Analyze the concept of becoming rich with little work, including what the author's message about it is in the book, and how the narrator's opinion of it changes.

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