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. Where do the narrator and a companion take their vacation?

2. What idea does the mining party abandon the digging of their mine for?

3. What does the referee decide in the court case between Hyde and Morgan?

4. How long does the narrator's crew rest in Carson City before heading back to Esmeralda?

5. When the party reaches Esmeralda, how much do they conclude that the claims they have are worth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the limitations of the stage coach that is going to Carson City, Nevada, and which items does the narrator take with him?

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

5. How does the narrator help his brother in writing to the government for money?

6. How is the breakfast that the narrator is served in Nebraska described, and what future traveling accommodations does he compare his situation to?

7. What is the experience the narrator has in buying a horse in Carson City?

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

9. What warning is the narrator and his party given as they approach the Honey Lake Smith's Inn, and what is their response?

10. What leads the narrator and his party to Esmeralda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the court case between Hyde and Morgan. Include the events leading up to the case and each side's arguments. Also, explain the significance of the referee, his decision, and the message the narrator is delivering with the outcome of the case.

Essay Topic 2

Twain uses a variety of literary techniques to bring his story to life in Roughing It.

1) Describe 3 examples of symbolism and how they are important to the theme of the story.

2) Describe 3 examples of foreshadowing and their impact on the narrator's life experiences.

3) Explain at least 3 examples of how Twain uses both humor and descriptions to provide an informative, yet entertaining account of the changing West in the 1800s.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Mark Twain's objectives of writing Roughing It. Use the information in the Prefatory to explain his reasons for chronicling his adventures and the style he intends to use in the book. Then, provide examples that display how Twain accomplishes his objectives on multiple levels.

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