Multiple Choice
Choose the answer (A, B, C, D) that best answers the questions.
Each correct answer is worth 2 points (total section = 30 points).

1. Why did Mark Twain write the “Notice” at the begging of the novel?
A) It was to assure people did not look for a moral in the novel.
B) It was to assure people did look for a moral in the novel.
C) It was to confuse the reader about the moral in the novel.
D) It was mistakenly printed in the novel.

2. Which statement is an accurate thesis statement?
A) Students often find the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to be a demanding, but enjoyable novel to read.
B) Why do we have to read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
C) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is 43 chapters long.
D) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about a Huck Finn who helps his Friend Jim escape slavery.

3. Which best represents a synthesis of the following thesis and antithesis?

Thesis - People need to go the bank to withdraw cash.
Antithesis It is not necessary to go to the bank to withdraw money.
A) Banks try to control when people can withdraw cash.
Develop ATMs so people can withdraw cash at convenient locations and times.
C) Build more banks with longer hours so people can withdraw cash more often.
D) People do not need to withdraw cash if they keep it at home.

4. Which does not represent an example of censorship?
A) A book is removed from a school library because some parents do not like the nature of the book’s contents.
B) A book is removed from a school reading list because the nature of the book’s content is unsuited to a particular age group.
C) A racist organization is denied a permit to assemble in public because their purposed speech is racist.
D) A teacher does not assign a novel for a class project despite the students protest to use the book for an assignment.

5. Which does not represent an example of why a book may be challenged or banned?
A) Offensive Language
B) Sexuality
C) Violence
D) Low Sales

6. Which best represents an example of irony?
A) When you need a spoon, but have a knife.
B) When it rains on your vacation.
C) When you get sick on the weekend.
D) When you fail a test for which you studied.

7. Which best represents an example of setting?
A) Where the novel takes place.
B) Where the novel was written.
C) Where the author was born.
D) Where the book is sold.

8. Which does not represent an example of Theme In the novel?
A) Nature
B) Religion
C) Education

D) Syntax

9. Which is not an example of superstition in this section of the novel.
A) Spider burning in a candle
B) Witches bewitched Jim.
C) Huck walked under a ladder.

D) Huck and the gang talk about rubbing a genie's lamp.

10. Which is not an example of Man vs. Society?
A) Pap's attitude towards government
B) Jim's not liking slavery
C) Huck's not liking civilization

D) Widow Douglas's attitude towards Huck

11. Why it is important that Huck says, "All right, then, I'll go to hell."?
A) He has turned his back on the religion which has so often helped him
B) He has chosen what is right according to his conscience rather than according to social or religious rules
C) He has become such good friends with Jim that he would risk the eternal happiness of his soul to do what he thinks is right for his friend.
D) He has chosen being bad over being good because it is easier.

12. Why do we hear about Jim's daughter "'Lizabeth"?
A) It shows Jim is a good father and compassionate man
B) It shows Jim has no respect for family
C) It shows that people always get what they deserve
D) It sets up a comparison between Lizabeth and Twain's own childhood

13. What's the difference between Tom's plan for freeing Jim and Huck's?
A) Tom's is practical; Huck's is unrealistic
B) Tom's takes less time
C) Huck's is practical; Tom's is unrealistic
D) Huck's is harder on Jim

14. What purpose(s) does Huck's death serve?
A) Huck "gets even" with Widow Douglas because she was so mean to him.
B) It throws Jim and Pap together so they must depend on each other.
C) It gives him total freedom.
D) It shows Huck how totally dependent on civilization he has become.

15. What was Huck's plan of escape from his father?
A) He waited for Pap to come home drunk so he could take advantage of him and escape.
B) He waited for Pap to leave so he could cut a hole in the wall.
C) He planned to kill Pap, but after practicing on a pig, he lost his nerve.
D) He staged his own murder so no one would look for him.

Short Answer
Each correct answer is worth a possible 4 points (total section = 40 points).
You will not receive extra credit for answering additional questions.
If you answer more than 10 then the first 10 responses will be graded regardless.
Although these are short answer, you must be clear in your response (provide a specific example to defend your answer.)

1. Throughout the novel, Huck tells several “stretchers,” or lies. What are two of the more successful lies he tells?

2. In what ways can Jim be seen as Huck’s “true father”?

3. How are Tom and Huck different?

4. What scene in the book was the saddest to you? Why?

5. Which scene in the book was the most humorous? Why?

6. Some critics or readers suggest the novel’s conclusion (Tom’s escape plan) makes Huck’s personal growth less impactful. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

7. What are two ways the Dauphin and the Duke were successful in conning (tricking) the local people they encounter on their journey down the river.

8. Mark Twain has been accused of being a racist. Based on what you know of him through class discussions and reading the novel, do you consider him to be a racist? Why or why not?

9. What are two ways Jim had to hide/conceal himself during the day so as not to be captured as a runaway slave?

10. Many of the things Tom has Jim do while he is held captive on the Phelp’s Plantation can be viewed as cruel. Does this mean that Tom is a cruel person? Why or why not?

11. How does Huck define being “sivilized”? Why does he hate the idea of being civilized?

12. How are the settings of the river & southern states critical to the novel of Huckleberry Finn?

13. The use of the “N” word is one of the reasons that this book is banned. How did you feel about the use of the word at the beginning of the book? How did you feel about it at the end?

14. Several times in the book, Huck’s conscience “grinds” at him—it tells him that what he is doing/has done is wrong. Name two of those instances and state how Huck “fixes” each situation.

15. Do you consider Huck Finn an “educated” person? Why or why not?


Answer ONE of the following essay questions in paragraph(s) form.
You will be assessed on the 6-point rubric according to audience/purpose, content, organization, and language.
Use time wisely.
Do not re-tell the plot, I already know the story. I want to know what you think.

Compare and contrast the characters and personalities of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. What does each represent in terms of Twain’s outlook? Use examples.

Discuss the differences between the freedom of the raft and the restrictions of society and the shore. Give examples for each.

The climax of the novel is Huck’s decision in chapter 31 to “go to Hell.” Why must he do this, and what are Twain’s moral implications for having him do so?

Some critics offer that Jim is Huck’s “true father.” Defend or refute this statement. Use examples.

Final Question!! Extra Credit!! (5 points)
You are only eligible for this bonus if you have answered ALL the questions on this test!!!!!!!

1. Did you enjoy or dislike this novel? Why?