Vocabulary Guide Questions for Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

VOCABULARY - Huckleberry Finn Chapter 1-3

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. ...considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways, and so when I couldn't stand it no longer I lit out.

2. Well, then, the old thing commenced again.

3. ...you couldn't go right to eating but you had to wait for the widow to tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals...

4. "Some authorities think different but mostly it's considered best to kill them-except some that you bring to the cave here, and keep them till they're ransomed."

5. ...though they was only lath and broomsticks and you might scour at them till you rotted...

6. He said it was all done by enchantment.


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 4-7

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. I was getting sort of used to the widow's way, too, and they warn't so raspy on me.

2. I told him I had an old slick counterfeit quarter that warn't no good because the brass showed through the silver a little...

3. And after supper he talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried...

4. ...and in the night some time he got powerful thirsty and clumb out on to the porchroof and slid down a stanchion...

5. I took all the coffee and sugar there was all and all the ammunition; I took the wadding;...

6. ...and people might see me and hail me.


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 8-11

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. Well, then I happened to think how they always put quicksilver in loaves of bread and float them off...

2. When they got abreast the head of the island they quit shooting...

3. When I got to camp I warn't feeling very brash...

4. When breakfast was ready we lolled on the grass...

5. People will call me a low-down abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum...

6. "What did you speculate in, Jim?"


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 12-14

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river...

2. ...I seen that wreck laying there so mournful and lonesome in the middle of the river.

3. ..."I can't rest, Jim, till we give her a rummaging.

4. The lightning showed us the wreck again just in time, and we fetched the stabboard derrick and made it fast in time.

5. But before they got in I was up in the upper berth cornered and sorry I come.


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 15-17

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. But this one was a staving dream.

2. I'm the man with a petrified heart and biler-iron bowels.

3. ...willing to let bygones be bygones.

4. "'Yes,' he says, a-leaning over it, 'yes, it is my own lamented darling, my poor lost
Charles William Allbright deceased,'...

5. ...and she was leaning pensive on a tombstone on her right elbow under a weeping willow...

6. But I reckoned that with her disposition she was having a better time in the graveyard.


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 18-21

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1 "Why, nothing-only it's on account of the feud."

2. I ransacked it, but couldn't find anything else.

3. There was four or five men cavorting around on their horses in the open place...

4. ...take a turn at mesmerism and phrenology, when there's a chance...

5. ...take a turn at mesmerism and phrenology, when there's a chance...

6. We want a little something to answer encores with, anyway.

7. ...you can do Hamlet's soliloquy.

8. Ah, it's sublime, sublime.


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 22-25

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. She sent out her yawl and we went aboard...

2. ...but it's a trial that's sweetened and sanctified to us by this dear sympathy and these holy tears..

3. ...then he blubbers out a pious goody-goody Amen, and turns himself loose and goes to crying fit to bust.

4. "Poor William, afflicted as he is, his heart's aluz right."

5. "I say orgies, not because it's the common term, because it ain't-obsequies being the common term-but because orgies is the right term."


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 26-28

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. . . . but I touched the curtain that hid Mary Jane's frocks, so I jumped in behind that and snuggled in amongst the gowns and stood there perfectly still.

2. . . . so I rolled off my pallet and laid with my chin at the top of my ladder, and waited to see if anything was going to happen.

3. The lid was shoved along about a foot, showing the dead man's face down in there, with a wet cloth over it, and his shroud on.

4. He was the softest, glidingest, stealthiest man I ever see;


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 29-31

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. Oh, he done it admirable.

2. "This is a surprise to me which I wasn't looking for; and I'll acknowledge candid and frank, I ain't very well fixed to meet it and answer it...

3. They made the king tell his yarn and they made the old gentlemen tell his'n, and anybody but a lot of prejudiced chuckle-heads would a'seen that the old gentleman was spinning truth and t'other one lies.

4. And so he warmed up and went warbling right along till he was actuly beginning to believe what he was saying himself, but pretty soon the new old gentleman broke in and says:

5. "Hold on, hold on! Collar all these four men and the boy, and fetch them along, too!"

6. ...but I didn't lose no time; and when I struck the raft at last I was so fagged I would 'a' just laid down to blow and gasp if I could afforded it.


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 32-33

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. Yes, I remember now, he did die. Mortification set in, and they had to amputate him.

2. Yes, I remember now, he did die. Mortification set in, and they had to amputate him.

3. "My land!" she says, breaking in and jumping for him, "you impudent young rascal, to fool a body so-"

4. "Uneasy!" she says; "I'm ready to go distracted!

5. I must go up the road and waylay him.


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 34-39

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. ...I couldn't see no advantage in my representing a prisoner if I got to set down and chaw over a lot of gold-leaf distinctions like that every time I see a chance to hog a watermelon.

2. "Huck Finn, did you ever hear of a prisoner having picks and shovels and all the modern conveniences in his wardrobe to dig himself out with?

3. "Confound it, it's foolish, Tom."

4. Then he went to work on the nigger, coaxing him and petting him and asking him if he'd been imagining he saw something again.

5. She kept a-raging right along, running her insurrection all by herself, and everybody else mighty meek and quiet...

6. But she counted and counted till she got that addled she'd start to county in the basket for a spoon sometimes...

7. It was most pesky tedious hard work and slow

8. ...and Jim'll take Aunt Sally's gown off of me and wear it and we'll all evade together.


Vocabulary - Huckleberry Finn Chapters 40-43

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any Contextual Clues you can find in the sentence combined with your Prior Knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean.

1. But we didn't answer; we just unfurled our heels and shoved.

2. I was just to that pass I didn't have no reasoning facilities no more.

3. The men was very huffy and some of them wanted to hang Jim for an example...

4. I found a good enough place for me under the bed, for it was getting pretty sultry for us, seemed to me.