Roughing It 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 is a nabob?

2. How far away from Honolulu is the big island of Hawaii?

3. How is Nookes thrown overboard from Blakely's boat?

4. What is the Wide West?

5. What is the Boomerang?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two different reasons that both the narrator and Higbie abandon their blind lead claim, and what is the result?

2. How long does the narrator stay in Hawaii, and in what way does the author's literary tone change in these chapters?

3. What is pocket mining and the result of the narrator's attempt at it?

4. How does the narrator describe San Francisco?

5. What causes the narrator to travel to San Francisco?

6. What is the process of mining silver and shipping it to California in 1865?

7. How long is the narrator's trip, and what does he conclude at the end of the story?

8. How does the narrator describe the trip from Hawaii to San Francisco and what is his situation once he arrives there?

9. How does the narrator begin working for the Enterprise in Virginia?

10. What is on the islands in the center of Mono Lake?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Whiteman is the elusive subject of another plan to strike it rich by the narrator.

1) Describe the background of Mr. Whiteman and why it is believed that he can lead people to a gold mine.

2) Describe Mono Lake and the narrator's experiences there. Include what the lake represents in the theme of the narrator's quest for fortune.

3) Explain how the author successfully introduces events surrounding a character that never appears.

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

Analyze the historical significance of Roughing It by explaining the value and uniqueness of the first hand account being provided. In your analysis, answer the following questions: What are the most significant events that the narrator witnesses? How is the process of silver mining described? What are the "flush times" and how do they affect the narrator and other people living in the West? What other changes have a big impact on Western life? In what way does the media contribute to the actions of the narrator and other would be miners? How does the information in the book support Twain's intentions of writing it as stated in the Prefatory?

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