The Adventures of
by Mark Twain
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Chapters 1 - 4 (pages 1 - 18)
- Tom and Huck were rich because they had how
much money? six thousand dollars
- What was Huck's reaction to the Bible? He
didn't care for it.
- "Snuff" was mentioned to underscore what? A)
the authenticity of Moses B) the authenticity of Tom's band of
robbers C) respectable living under civilized rules D)
hypocracy within the Widow Douglas
- Pertaining to "the good place," why didn't
Huck "try for it"? If Miss Watson were there, Huck "couldn't see
no advantage in going where she was going." 3
- Which one revealed Huck's superstition? A) the
owl B) the ghost C) the dog D) the spider
- Jim was whose slave? Miss Watson's
- How did Jim explain his hat being on a tree
limb? When he spun the tale, he waid witches put it there.
- To join Tom Sawyer's Gang, what did everybody
have to do? Take an oath, write his name in blood, and have one's
family killed if secrets were told. 7 & 8
- Why was Miss Watson the substitute sacrifice
for Huck's father? His father could never be found. 8
- Why did everybody resign from Tom's Gang?
Pretend robbery and murder didn't hold anybody's interest.
- According to Tom, why couldn't Huck see the
diamonds? He hadn't read Don Quixote. 13
- T/F: Huck was sort of getting used to the
widow's ways. True 15
- What did Huck do with his six thousand? Sold
it to Judge Thatcher's guardian care for one dollar.
- When Jim retold the sayings of the hair-ball,
it was certain the black angel would devour Huck's father. False
- As for Huck, how many marriages would he have?
- Huck was supposed to keep away from what? A)
the mountains B) the meadows C) the water D) the
- Who was waiting for Huck in his room? his dad
Chapters 5 - 8 (pages 18 -
- Which was not one of the demands pap had for
his son? 18-21
A) Replace school with religion.
B) Quit going to school.
C) Prove you can read.
D) Give me your money.
- How did pap pay for going against the judge's
tide of reform? He broke his arm in two places. 22
- What did pap trade for whisky? A) fish and
game B) some of Huck's money C) bullets D) cowhide
- What reason was given for Huck resuming his
cussing? A) Miss Watson's ways were weak. B) Jim predicted it. C)
Huck liked the old ways. D) Pap didn't object.
- "Welts" were mentioned for what reason? A) to
indicate the presence of wasps B) to indicate how fed up Huck
was getting C) to indicate the effectiveness of a stick
beating D) to indicate the effectiveness of hickory
- What examples did pap use to criticize the
government? The government tried to take his son and couldn't sell
a free nigger for six months. 26-28
- Who called whom "the Angel of Death"? Pap
called Huck the Angel of Death. 29
- After feigning his own death, where did Huck
plan on going? to Jackson's Island 34
- The ferryboat with pap and Judge Thatcher on
it was doing what? They were looking for Huck's body 38 or for
Jim, the person suspected of killing Huck. 56
- After Huck greeted Jim, what did Jim's
reaction reveal? He thought he had met Huck's ghost.
- Why did Jim run away from Miss Watson? He
didn't want to be sold ($800) and shipped down to New Orleans.
Chapters 9 - 12 (pages 47 -
- How did the man in the floating house die?
from a shot in the back 50
- How was the house useful to Jim and Huck? It
provided them with survival equipment. 50 & 51
- To the woman of forty, Huck played what new
role? the role of a girl 55
- Why were there three and two hundred dollar
rewards out for Jim and old Finn? They were suspects in Huck's
- T/F: After Huck revealed he was a boy to Mrs.
Judith Loftus and after he spun another hocus-pocus story, she
didn't bother contriving any more tests for him. False. She asked
questions to see if he'd ever lived in the country. 61
- Who didn't want to slink around the stranded
steamboat? Jim 66
- T/F: Jim Turner stole Jim's and Huck's raft.
Chapters 13 - 16 (pages 70 -
- At one point which two were actually in a
get-a-way skiff? 71
A) Huck and Jim Turner
B) Bill and Jake Packard
C) Jim and Jim Turner
D) Packard and Finn
- Shortly after Jim and Huck found their raft,
how did Huck show sympathy for the rascals on the Walter
Scott? He let another ferryboat know about the Walter
Scott's predicament. 73
- Hearing Jim's view of King Soloman and the way
Frenchmen speak convinced Huck of what? Once Jim had an opinion,
Huck couldn't change it. 77-80
- What were the effects of Jim realizing Huck
pulled a prank and a lie on Jim? His feelings were hurt, which in
turn made Huck humbly apologize and pledge never to "do him no
more mean tricks." 86
- What realization began to give Huck so much
anxiety that he wished he were dead? That his adventures were
inadvertently going against the law to help free Miss Watson's
slave when she had done so much for Huck began to eat away at him.
- What were Jim's freedom hopes? to make money
and buy his wife and children back 88
- What made Huck hotter than ever? when he heard
that Jim would steal his children from a man who'd never done any
harm to Huck 89
- When a skiff carrying two men in it with guns
approached Huck's canoe, what was revealed about Huck's resolve to
turn Jim in? To pull a prank on white men looking for runaway
slaves seemed like a better adventure than turn on a man who loves
- What led Huck to the new moral stance that he
would "do whichever come handiest at the time"? If doing wrong, as
in protecting Jim, and doing right, as in turning him in, would
leave Huck feeling equally bad, then he may as well do what was
convenient or utilitarian instead of focusing on the law.
- T/F: Leading the men into thinking they were
coming into contact with smallpox was the lie Huck used to save
Jim, but Jim never heard the conversation. False 92
- After discovering their canoe gone, what would
"fetch more bad luck"? if Huck and Jim were to talk, find fault,
or blame each other for the missing canoe 93
- What smashed through the raft? a steamboat.
Chapters 17 - 20 (pages 95 -
- T/F: Buck was about as old as George Jackson
(Huck). True 97
- After hearing the expanded tale explaining
Huck's family and presence, what did the Grangerfords do? They
offered him their home for as long as he wanted it. 99
- How did Huck know his name the next day? He
tricked Buck into spelling it for him. 99
- Arrange the following according to legend:
undertaker, doctor, Emmeline. 1) doctor 2) Emmeline 3) undertaker
- What did Huck recall from the Widow Douglas?
That one's breeding was as important to man as it was to horses.
- What were the two responses from Col.
Grangerford to Buck shooting at Harney Shepherdson? A) pleasure
that his boy was loyal to the feud B) displeasure about Buck
firing from behind a bush 107
- Buck's rendition of the origin of the feud
between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons indicated what about
Buck's understanding? He didn't know many particulars about the 30
year feud. 108
- Which did not occur? 109 - 115
A) Huck's view of a Shepherdson was countered.
B) The feuding parties attended the same church with weapons.
C) Sophia Grangerford liked Harney Shepherdson.
D) Buck joined Huck and Jim.
- Who said, "'Let the cold world do its worst'"?
The younger "Duke" of 30 / the Duke of Bilgewater 122
- The man of 70 professed to be whom? King Louie
the Seventeenth / the poor disappeared Dauphin 124
- T/F: Huck was upset that Jim couldn't see
through the humbugs and frauds. False 125
- Peace amongst the four travelers was kept on
the raft because Huck had learned what from whom? From pap, Huck
learned to let ornery, sour people "have their own way.
- What did the King do to raise eighty-seven
dollars and seventy-five cents? He sold a story at a religious,
camp revival about converting pirates to Christianity.
- Why did the duke print a reward for Jim? So
they could raft in daylight. 134
Chapters 21 - 24 (pages 135 -
- When did the sword fight stop? when the king
tripped and fell overboard 135
- Admission to the Shakespearean Revival was how
much? 25 cents; children and slaves, 10 cents 138
- What did the fifty-plus-year-old Boggs first
say to Huck? "'Whar'd you come f'm, boy? You prepared to die?'"
- After Boggs was shot by Colonel Sherburn, the
body was taken to a little drug store where what two objects were
used as a pillow and a blanket? two bibles 144
- T/F: After the long, lanky man with long hair
mapped out the terrain and retold the unfolding of the story,
which aroused the mob to seek and lynch Sherburn, Bogg's
sixteen-year-old daughter cried out, "'Charge! or else there ain't
a man amongst you! Rage like injuns and scalp Sherburn." False 144
- Why did the racket stop and the wave suck
back? Sherburn came "onto the roof of his little front porch with
a double-barrel gun in his hand." 145
- What happened after Sherburn mocked the mob
and their half-man leader? They disbursed and retreated.
- T/F: The circus was good enough for Huck. True
- Who said, "Arkansaw lunkheads couldn't come up
to Shakespeare"? the duke 150
- T/F: On the new handbill, all were welcome to
the next performance. False 150
- How did the duke and the king get away with
four hundred and sixty-five dollars without adverse repercussion
from the townspeople? They skipped out on the third night without
performing and subjugating themselves to the sneaky wrath,
pre-planned pelting, or dastardly destiny the audience would
- What realization did Jim have about the duke
and the king? They acted like regular rapscallions, no different
than the common swindler. 153
- Why did Huck refrain from telling Jim that the
two men weren't royalty? "It wouldn't 'a' done no good;"
- Why was Jim's daughter deaf and dumb? She had
contracted scarlet fever when she was young. 156
- How was Jim able to travel in the day light
without being roped? The duke dressed Jim up in King Lear's outfit
with a wig. 157
- Why was the king talking "it all over again on
his hands to the duke"? The duke was playing deaf and dumb in
their new scam. 163
Chapters 25 - 28 (pages 163 -
- T/F: The red-head saw through the king's holy
tears. False 164
- Which verb did Huck not use when qualifying
the kings speeches?
A) flapdoodle 164
B) slobbers 164
C) blattered 165
D) weaves 169
- In response to Doctor Robinson's accusations
against the king, what did Mary Jane Wilks do to indicate her
belief? She gave the king six thousand dollars to invest for her
as he saw fit. 170
- At the big supper who waited on the king and
the duke? Huck 171
- T/F: Joanna took offense at being called a
hare-lip by Huck. False 174
- What did Joanna have to do after Mary Jane
gave her "hark from the tomb"? She had to apologize to Huck and
ask for forgiveness? 175
- Why did Huck wish he could tell Joanna "a
thousand lies"? To hear again the beauty of Joanna's forgiving
- Huck's resolve against the reptile was what?
Steal the money back, hide it, and notify the women via mail.
- Explain the meaning of the duke not wanting
"to go no deeper"? Unlike the king, who wanted to stick around and
scheme for the rest of the money, the duke didn't want to rob the
orphans of everything they had. 177
- Why did Huck have a creepy feeling when he hid
the money? As he placed it in the coffin, he felt the dead man's
cold, crossed hands. 179
- T/F: To maintain the image of doing things
according to a proper time table, the king staunchly refused to
accept money prior to the public auction, and he made these ethics
public, diffusing any private suspicions. False 183
- Why could Huck safely shift the blame for the
stolen money "onto the niggers"? Because they'd already been sold,
it wouldn't have brought any harm to them. 184/5
- What new appreciation did the duke have for
"the niggers"? When he said, "'It does beat all how neat the
niggers played their hand,'" he was giving them credit for being
such good actors and fooling everybody. 184/5
- What was tantamount to sitting "down on a kag
of powder and touching it off just to see where you'll go to"?
telling the truth 187
- How did Bricksville factor into the truth? The
townspeople there would be able to identify the king and the duke
as the frauds who "played the 'Royal Nonesuch' and played them for
- Huck's compliment to Mary Jane's nature was
used to persuade her to depart before breakfast because he knew
her transparency would spoil his plan. What other criticism was
implied by the remark, ""I don't want no better book than what
your face is"? The remark criticizes religion, the bible,
hypocrisy, and those stone-cold with tough disguises.
- T/F: During the auction, the king had to
reproach the duke for overly "goo-gooing for sympathy." False
Chapters 29 - 32 (pages 195 -
- Why did the king make reference to a broken
arm and lost baggage? To raise suspicion, ridicule, and evoke
laughter toward the newly arrived, real Harvey Wilks and his deaf
and dumb brother William. 196
- What role did the "big rough husky" Hines
A) He provided live testimony that refuted the king's
B) Like a wrestler, he was impervious to the men who jumped
C) He was a rebel to the doctor.
D) He gave credence to the new dummy.
- Why did Huck speak "on the right side"? The
king had given him a left-handed, ornery, retaliatory look.
- Who told Huck to sit down and get some more
practice at lying because he was no good at it? Levi Bell, the
- T/F: The tattoo test followed the handwriting
test. True 201/2
- Lacking a lantern revealed what? Angry,
excited, panting, and impatient mobs didn't think or plan as
clearly as they were quick to act. 203
- Which did not occur? 204/5
A) Familiar company followed the fishing out of Huck.
B) Money made the mob of men hoot and holler.
C) Mary Jane blew the lantern out.
D) The grip was gone when Hines broke for a buck.
E) Huck sped straight through the main street.
- T/F: When the king told Jim to shut up, Jim
replied, "'Leggo the boy, you old idiot!" False. 206
- Who fessed up and insincerely admitted hidding
the money in Peter Wilks's coffin? Why? The king admitted to
hiding the money in the coffin because he was under physical
attack from the duke. 208
- After the king and the duke both took to their
bottles, what conversation ensued? Huck told Jim everything that
had actually happened. 209
- Jim was betrayed by whom and for how much? the
king and the duke / for forty dirty dollars 212
- T/F: Huck finally got the gumption to send his
letter to Miss Watson. False 214
- Why did the king and the duke allow Huck to
pursue Abram G. Foster? They didn't want Huck around during the
three days of performance because he might spoil the scam. So
they, not knowing that Huck knew about the sale of Jim to Silas
Phelps, sent him on a wild-goose chase toward
- Which three were not present together in
A) the handbill, Phelps, and Jim
B) Jim, Abram, and Huck
C) the duke, the king, and Huck
D) loafers, the king, and the duke
- To those present, the white woman (Aunt Sally)
announced Huck to be whom? "your cousin Tom" 220
- Why did Huck insist on retrieving his baggage
alone? So he could warn Tom Sawyer about the situation, Huck being
his imposter, providing Tom were on the approaching steamboat.
Chapters 33 - 36 (pages 224 -
- What best described Tom's belief system?
A) Seeing Huck was good enough to believe he wasn't a ghost.
B) Hearing Huck's voice was good enough.
C) Touching Huck was necessary before he could fully
D) Hearing real adventures was necessary before Tom would truly
believe he wasn't a ghost.
- What was Huck's reaction to hearing Tom so
quickly joining him in the plot to steal Jim? Huck was shocked and
- After Tom indicated he was looking for Mr.
Archibald Nichols, how did Aunt Sally show Southern hospitality?
She refused to let Tom make the three-mile hike to Archibald
Nichols's place and insisted he come in for dinner and make
himself at home. 227
- What performance enraged and astounded Aunt
Sally? Tom spun the tale that Huck and he were Tom and Sid Sawyer,
respectively; Sid would show up later than Huck and pose as a
stranger (William Thompson), thus surprising Aunt Sally.
- When Huck saw that the king and the duke were
tar and feathered, what was his reaction? He was sick and felt
"sorry for them poor pitiful rascals." 231
- According to Tom and Huck, what gives man
inner pain? his conscience 231
- Which boy surmised where Jim was? Tom
- According to Huck, why was Tom taking a
greater risk involving himself in "nigger stealing"? Tom had more
of a reputation to lose. 234
- T/F: Another slave undermined Huck's and Tom's
plan to dig out Jim by reporting them to Uncle Silas. False
- Why was a saw introduced into the dialogue? as
a tool necessary for amputating Jim's leg, thus cutting free from
the ball and chain 242
- Why did Tom prefer three knives, chucking the
availability of a saw? A plan had to have difficulties, and if
things were too easy, then difficulties were contrived.
- How did Tom save face when knife digging
proved too inefficient? He simply called a pick a case knife.
Chapters 37 - The Last (pages 251 -
- How was the rope ladder transported to Jim?
inside the pie 257
- Which objects were part of Tom's plan? ch.
A) nails, music, wheels, songs, and shirts
B) spiders, snakes, rats, flowers, and music
C) rocks, writing, pies, shoes, and tears
D) shirts, ropes, nails, belts and buckles
- What made Aunt Sally "whoop to Jericho"?
Whenever she saw one of the loose snakes she'd scream.
- Why were things "always lively" for Jim? All
the animals (rats, spiders, and snakes) "never all slept at one
- Explain: "Beware, Trouble is brewing. Keep a
sharp lookout." Tom wrote notification letters so the escape
wouldn't be so easy, for when left alone, people "don't take
notice of nothing at all." 268
- While amongst the roomful of farmers, why
didn't Huck take his hat off? He was hiding the butter.
- T/F: The bloodhounds made their loudest powwow
when they sniffed blood on Tom's calf. False 274/5
- Who was to be given "a purse full of gold" and
sworn "to be silent as the grave"? a doctor 276
- Tom's comments about the chalk indicated what
personal attitude about man and society? Tom didn't trust either
- What was Aunt Sally's view of boys? "All boys
was a pretty harum-scarum lot as fur as she could see."
- Quote Uncle Silas's view of boys. "Boys will
be boys." 282
- How did Huck's conscience prevent him from
being typically Huck? After witnessing Aunt Sally's emotional
distress over Tom's absence, seeing her heart and tears, and
sampling how she trusted him with unlocked doors, Huck's
conscience couldn't allow him to search for Tom and cause Aunt
Sally any further misery with the possible absence of two boys.
- When the doctor returned with Tom and Jim,
what did some of the huffy men want to do with Jim? hang him
- What counter-thought made the huffy ones cool
their heels? They would have to pay for him when his owner turned
- How did the doctor do Jim a "good turn"? He
testified in Jim's favor, explaining how Jim stepped forward
risking his freedom to help the doctor and Tom. 286
- T/F: A promise was made not to cuss at Jim
anymore. True 287
- When Tom awoke in the presence of Huck and
Aunt Sally, what did he do? He commenced telling straight out the
true story of the scheme to free Jim. 288/9
- After calling Tom a rapscallion and a young
scamp, Aunt Sally made what threat? She said she'd "tan the Old
Harry out o' both o' ye!" 289
- T/F: After hearning about Jim's enslavement,
Tom turned to Huck and said, "I 'spec you can crawl in your grave
now fer foulin' up right messy when you left." False
- Tom told Aunt Sally he spun his work to set
Jim free for "the adventure of it," but what deeper reason
did Tom have for pursuing such interest in Jim? According to Miss
Watson's will, Jim was already set free, so Tom, true to a
righteous character, undertook the moral obligation, not just the
adventure of it, to set a free man free. 291
- Who confirmed the essential fact about Jim's
freedom such that Aunt Sally could understand the motives behind
Tom's adventurous activities. Aunt Polly 291
- Which did not occur? 293/4
A) Tom paid Jim forty dollars for being such a good, patient
B) Huck learned the truth about his safe money and his pap's
C) Tom's bullet became the two hands of a watch worn around his
D) Huck was uneasy about being adopted and civilized by Aunt
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