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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Quiz

  1. Huck's seeming abandonment of his promise to "go to hell" for his friend Jim just before the Phelps Farm chapters at the end of the book—when he agrees to Tom's elaborate and painful games with Jim imprisoned in his cabin—is evidence of
      a. Huck's youth, innocence, and ignorance
      b. Twain's satire on Americans' ideals of nation and race
      c. a sardonic admission that it is all too easy to fall under sway of a "romantic" personality such as Tom
      d. all of the above
  2. The climax of Huck's adventures occurs when
      a. Buck is killed during the feud
      b. he becomes separated from Jim in the fog
      c. the raft is run over by a steamboat
      d. Jim is freed and Huck finds out his father is dead
  3. At the Phelps Farm, Tom agrees to help Jim because
      a. he knows Jim is really free anyway
      b. he has learned to hate slavery
      c. he is acting as the Widow's agent
      d. he wants Huck to get arrested
  4. In response to Huck's comment that a black man was killed, Aunt Sally comments,
      a. "Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt."
      b. "What a relief!"
      c. "Thank God no one else was killed."
      d. "Was Sid hurt?"
  5. The Dauphin represents which historical character?
      a. Prince Harold of England
      b. the Duke of Bilgewater
      c. the son of Louis XVI
      d. a famous Shakespearean actor
  6. What role does Jim play in the book?
      a. He is a runaway slave.
      b. He is a morally upright man, in fact, the most moral character in the book.
      c. He is a mother and father figure to Huck.
      d. all of the above
  7. Who teaches Huck to act like a girl?
      a. Miss Watson
      b. Jim
      c. Aunt Bee
      d. Judith Loftus
  8. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn can best be described as
      a. a social commentary
      b. an adventure novel
      c. a humor novel
      d. all of the above
  9. When Huck meets Aunt Sally for the first time, he makes up what excuse for his being late?
      a. The boat he was on "went aground."
      b. The boat he was on blew out a cylinder-head.
      c. A black man was killed.
      d. all of the above
  10. Who has the single longest speech in the novel?
      a. Huck
      b. Pap
      c. Jim
      d. Tom
  11. What happens in the fog at Cairo, Illinois?
      a. Huck makes fun of Jim's dream interpretation of the "trash" on the raft, but later apologizes.
      b. Jim and Huck get separated.
      c. Miss Watson frees Jim.
      d. both a and b
  12. The river serves as a symbol of which of the following?
      a. commerce
      b. slavery
      c. equality
      d. freedom
  13. In Chapter 31, Huck's decision about whether or not to turn in Jim means
      a. Huck decides to go to hell rather than turn his friend in to Miss Watson.
      b. Huck realizes he has listened to what the authorities have been teaching.
      c. He will have to stay with Jim at the Phelps Farm for many years.
      d. none of the above
  14. As author of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain can be called
      a. the inventor of the modern vernacular narrator
      b. a satirist of the "American" values of his day
      c. a hopeless romantic of the school of Sir Walter Scott
      d. both a and b
  15. Jim and Huck are trying to reach which town during their trip downriver?
      a. Hannibal
      b. Bricksville
      c. Cairo
      d. New Orleans
  16. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been criticized and censored for
      a. leading boys to swear, smoke, and neglect Sunday School
      b. using the word "nigger"
      c. its comic and satiric treatment of painful racial issues
      d. all of the above
  17. The King and the Duke are
      a. the true heirs to the British throne
      b. a couple of con men
      c. the Wilks brothers in disguise
      d. world-famous Shakespearean actors
  18. Why does Huck go along with Tom Sawyer?s cruel games with Jim at the Phelps Farm?
      a. Huck is still impressed by what Tom represents of "society."
      b. Huck is pining for the Widow.
      c. Huck now hates Jim.
      d. Huck is determined to become an abolitionist.
  19. Pap Finn returns because he
      a. misses his son
      b. wants his money
      c. wants to free the slaves
      d. plans to kill Becky Thatcher
  20. In the end, Huck says he has to
      a. Huck is still impressed by what Tom represents of "society."
      b. "get back home to the Widow"
      c. "head up Arkansaw way"
      d. kill his father
  21. Who says that you can "rub an old tin lamp or an iron ring, and then the genies come tearing in, with the thunder and lightning a-ripping around and the smoke a-rolling, and everything they're told to do they up and do it. They don't think nothing of . . . belting a Sunday School superintendent over the head . . . or any other man"?
      a. pap Finn
      b. Miss Watson
      c. Tom Sawyer
      d. Sid Sawyer
  22. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in
      a. 1750
      b. 1884
      c. 1820
      d. 1865
  23. The story Jim tells Huck about Elizabeth shows that
      a. Jim misses his family and has feelings identical to those of white fathers.
      b. Jim is a good father.
      c. Jim is frequently violent.
      d. both a and b
  24. A central narrative pattern in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn involves
      a. Huck's ruthless betrayals of Jim
      b. Huck's desire to fit into middle-class society
      c. Huck's lying
      d. Huck's rejection of Tom
  25. Why does Huckleberry Finn run away from home?
      a. He wants to travel to Europe.
      b. He is afraid Pap will kill him.
      c. He is seeking redemption from sin.
      d. He feels guilty about his racist heritage.
  26. Which of the following characters gets shot in Jim's final "escape"?
      a. Huck
      b. Tom
      c. Jim
      d. Buck
  27. Jim is all of the following except
      a. stupid
      b. superstitious
      c. nurturing
      d. hard-working
  28. When Huck sees the Duke and the King tarred and feathered, he says, "It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race." This quote is an example of
      a. Huck's sense of humor.
      b. Huck's shame at being white.
      c. Huck's disgust with Silas Phelps.
      d. Huck's unwillingness to participate in society.
  29. Judging from all of his narrative puzzles, Twain may be viewed as a
      a. poor novelist
      b. writer for boys
      c. Trickster
      d. Christian
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