The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

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by Ron Weightman


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Chapters 1 - 4 (pages 1 - 18)

  1. Tom and Huck were rich because they had how much money? six thousand dollars
  2. What was Huck's reaction to the Bible? He didn't care for it.
  3. "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
  4. 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
  5. Which one revealed Huck's superstition? A) the owl B) the ghost C) the dog D) the spider
  6. Jim was whose slave? Miss Watson's 4
  7. How did Jim explain his hat being on a tree limb? When he spun the tale, he waid witches put it there. 6
  8. 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
  9. Why was Miss Watson the substitute sacrifice for Huck's father? His father could never be found. 8
  10. Why did everybody resign from Tom's Gang? Pretend robbery and murder didn't hold anybody's interest. 12
  11. According to Tom, why couldn't Huck see the diamonds? He hadn't read Don Quixote. 13
  12. T/F: Huck was sort of getting used to the widow's ways. True 15
  13. What did Huck do with his six thousand? Sold it to Judge Thatcher's guardian care for one dollar. 17
  14. When Jim retold the sayings of the hair-ball, it was certain the black angel would devour Huck's father. False 18
  15. As for Huck, how many marriages would he have? two 18
  16. Huck was supposed to keep away from what? A) the mountains B) the meadows C) the water D) the snow
  17. Who was waiting for Huck in his room? his dad 18

    Chapters 5 - 8 (pages 18 - 47)

  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.
  19. How did pap pay for going against the judge's tide of reform? He broke his arm in two places. 22
  20. What did pap trade for whisky? A) fish and game B) some of Huck's money C) bullets D) cowhide
  21. 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.
  22. "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
  23. 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
  24. Who called whom "the Angel of Death"? Pap called Huck the Angel of Death. 29
  25. After feigning his own death, where did Huck plan on going? to Jackson's Island 34
  26. 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
  27. After Huck greeted Jim, what did Jim's reaction reveal? He thought he had met Huck's ghost. 41
  28. Why did Jim run away from Miss Watson? He didn't want to be sold ($800) and shipped down to New Orleans. 43

    Chapters 9 - 12 (pages 47 - 70)

  29. How did the man in the floating house die? from a shot in the back 50
  30. How was the house useful to Jim and Huck? It provided them with survival equipment. 50 & 51
  31. To the woman of forty, Huck played what new role? the role of a girl 55
  32. Why were there three and two hundred dollar rewards out for Jim and old Finn? They were suspects in Huck's murder. 57
  33. 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
  34. Who didn't want to slink around the stranded steamboat? Jim 66
  35. T/F: Jim Turner stole Jim's and Huck's raft. False 70

    Chapters 13 - 16 (pages 70 - 95)

  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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. 88
  41. What were Jim's freedom hopes? to make money and buy his wife and children back 88
  42. 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
  43. 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 Huck. 90
  44. 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. 92
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. What smashed through the raft? a steamboat. 94

    Chapters 17 - 20 (pages 95 - 135)

  48. T/F: Buck was about as old as George Jackson (Huck). True 97
  49. 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
  50. How did Huck know his name the next day? He tricked Buck into spelling it for him. 99
  51. Arrange the following according to legend: undertaker, doctor, Emmeline. 1) doctor 2) Emmeline 3) undertaker 103
  52. What did Huck recall from the Widow Douglas? That one's breeding was as important to man as it was to horses. 104
  53. 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
  54. 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
  55. 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.
  56. Who said, "'Let the cold world do its worst'"? The younger "Duke" of 30 / the Duke of Bilgewater 122
  57. The man of 70 professed to be whom? King Louie the Seventeenth / the poor disappeared Dauphin 124
  58. T/F: Huck was upset that Jim couldn't see through the humbugs and frauds. False 125
  59. 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. 125
  60. 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. 132
  61. Why did the duke print a reward for Jim? So they could raft in daylight. 134

    Chapters 21 - 24 (pages 135 - 163)

  62. When did the sword fight stop? when the king tripped and fell overboard 135
  63. Admission to the Shakespearean Revival was how much? 25 cents; children and slaves, 10 cents 138
  64. What did the fifty-plus-year-old Boggs first say to Huck? "'Whar'd you come f'm, boy? You prepared to die?'" 142
  65. 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
  66. 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 & 145
  67. 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
  68. What happened after Sherburn mocked the mob and their half-man leader? They disbursed and retreated. 147
  69. T/F: The circus was good enough for Huck. True 149
  70. Who said, "Arkansaw lunkheads couldn't come up to Shakespeare"? the duke 150
  71. T/F: On the new handbill, all were welcome to the next performance. False 150
  72. 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 unleash. 153
  73. What realization did Jim have about the duke and the king? They acted like regular rapscallions, no different than the common swindler. 153
  74. Why did Huck refrain from telling Jim that the two men weren't royalty? "It wouldn't 'a' done no good;" 155
  75. Why was Jim's daughter deaf and dumb? She had contracted scarlet fever when she was young. 156
  76. 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
  77. 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 - 195)

  78. T/F: The red-head saw through the king's holy tears. False 164
  79. Which verb did Huck not use when qualifying the kings speeches?
    A) flapdoodle 164
    B) slobbers 164
    C) blattered 165
    D) weaves 169
  80. 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
  81. At the big supper who waited on the king and the duke? Huck 171
  82. T/F: Joanna took offense at being called a hare-lip by Huck. False 174
  83. 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
  84. Why did Huck wish he could tell Joanna "a thousand lies"? To hear again the beauty of Joanna's forgiving apologies. 175
  85. Huck's resolve against the reptile was what? Steal the money back, hide it, and notify the women via mail. 176
  86. 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
  87. 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
  88. 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
  89. 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
  90. 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
  91. 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
  92. 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 fools. 189
  93. 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. 190
  94. T/F: During the auction, the king had to reproach the duke for overly "goo-gooing for sympathy." False 195

    Chapters 29 - 32 (pages 195 - 224)

  95. 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
  96. What role did the "big rough husky" Hines play? 197
    A) He provided live testimony that refuted the king's itinerary.
    B) Like a wrestler, he was impervious to the men who jumped him.
    C) He was a rebel to the doctor.
    D) He gave credence to the new dummy.
  97. Why did Huck speak "on the right side"? The king had given him a left-handed, ornery, retaliatory look. 199
  98. Who told Huck to sit down and get some more practice at lying because he was no good at it? Levi Bell, the lawyer. 199
  99. T/F: The tattoo test followed the handwriting test. True 201/2
  100. 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
  101. 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.
  102. T/F: When the king told Jim to shut up, Jim replied, "'Leggo the boy, you old idiot!" False. 206
  103. 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
  104. After the king and the duke both took to their bottles, what conversation ensued? Huck told Jim everything that had actually happened. 209
  105. Jim was betrayed by whom and for how much? the king and the duke / for forty dirty dollars 212
  106. T/F: Huck finally got the gumption to send his letter to Miss Watson. False 214
  107. 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 Lafayette..217
  108. Which three were not present together in Chapter 31?
    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
  109. To those present, the white woman (Aunt Sally) announced Huck to be whom? "your cousin Tom" 220
  110. 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. 224

    Chapters 33 - 36 (pages 224 - 250)

  111. 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 believe. 226
    D) Hearing real adventures was necessary before Tom would truly believe he wasn't a ghost.
  112. What was Huck's reaction to hearing Tom so quickly joining him in the plot to steal Jim? Huck was shocked and surprised. 226
  113. 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
  114. 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. 229
  115. 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
  116. According to Tom and Huck, what gives man inner pain? his conscience 231
  117. Which boy surmised where Jim was? Tom 232
  118. According to Huck, why was Tom taking a greater risk involving himself in "nigger stealing"? Tom had more of a reputation to lose. 234
  119. T/F: Another slave undermined Huck's and Tom's plan to dig out Jim by reporting them to Uncle Silas. False 237
  120. 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
  121. 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. 245
  122. How did Tom save face when knife digging proved too inefficient? He simply called a pick a case knife. 247

    Chapters 37 - The Last (pages 251 - 294)

  123. How was the rope ladder transported to Jim? inside the pie 257
  124. Which objects were part of Tom's plan? ch. 38
    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
  125. What made Aunt Sally "whoop to Jericho"? Whenever she saw one of the loose snakes she'd scream. 266
  126. Why were things "always lively" for Jim? All the animals (rats, spiders, and snakes) "never all slept at one time." 267
  127. 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
  128. While amongst the roomful of farmers, why didn't Huck take his hat off? He was hiding the butter. 272
  129. T/F: The bloodhounds made their loudest powwow when they sniffed blood on Tom's calf. False 274/5
  130. Who was to be given "a purse full of gold" and sworn "to be silent as the grave"? a doctor 276
  131. Tom's comments about the chalk indicated what personal attitude about man and society? Tom didn't trust either one. 276
  132. What was Aunt Sally's view of boys? "All boys was a pretty harum-scarum lot as fur as she could see." 282
  133. Quote Uncle Silas's view of boys. "Boys will be boys." 282
  134. 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. 283
  135. When the doctor returned with Tom and Jim, what did some of the huffy men want to do with Jim? hang him 285
  136. What counter-thought made the huffy ones cool their heels? They would have to pay for him when his owner turned up. 285
  137. 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
  138. T/F: A promise was made not to cuss at Jim anymore. True 287
  139. 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
  140. 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
  141. 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 289
  142. 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
  143. 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
  144. Which did not occur? 293/4
    A) Tom paid Jim forty dollars for being such a good, patient prisoner.
    B) Huck learned the truth about his safe money and his pap's death.
    C) Tom's bullet became the two hands of a watch worn around his neck.
    D) Huck was uneasy about being adopted and civilized by Aunt Sally.



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