← Huck Finn Quotes Test
5 Written Questions
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- Jim- the duke dresses him up as King Lear, symbolic of his past experiences with his daughter
Huck does not like how Jim is made out to look like a fool, showing how they care for one another
- Twain is making fun of religion (satire). This is especially humorous b/c the two feuding families are attending church with guns between their knees and leaning against the wall and listening to a sermon about "brotherly love." Ironic. For Huck, this situation is morally confusing and what society tries to ingrain in Huck seems more incongruent.
- Ch. 3 - Huck says this. Widow Douglas teaches H about caring for others - as we'll see H do for J in the future. (Model of sincere Christianity, not Miss Watson's kind - who owns Jim)
- Ch. 6 - Pap's ranting about free blacks. Parallels ignorance and racist attitude prevalent at the time. Irony - Pap is too drunk to get to the polling station to vote. Irony - Pap is uneducated and ignorant and yet HAS the power to vote. This sits in contrast to the free and well-educated black man who just barely has received an opportunity to vote. Pap, furthermore, refuses to vote if a black man can vote - good!
Pap represents/symbolizes extreme whiteness, worst of white society. Pap is ignorant, racist, hateful, drunk, illiterate, and violent.
- Huck has a moral dilemma about going with what society tells him (it's a sin to not turn in Jim) and what his intuition tells him (it's not right to turn in Jim). Huck develops here and shows personal growth, making independent decisions apart from society. Huck will go with whatever is "handiest," showing that he will go with his "gut" or intuition from now on (Transcendentalism). Huck is learning to appreciate the humanity in Jim - realizing that society's interpretation of Jim feels somehow wrong.
- a I went and told the widow about it, and she said the thing a body could get by praying for it was "spiritual gifts." This was too many for me, but she told me what she meant -- I must help other people, and do everything I could for other people, and look out for them all the time, and never think about myself.
- b Oh, yes, this is a wonderful govment, wonderful. Why, looky here. There was a free ***** there from Ohio -- a mulatter, most as white as a white man. He had the whitest shirt on you ever see, too, and the shiniest hat; and there ain't a man in that town that's got as fine clothes as what he had; and he had a gold watch and chain, and a silver-headed cane -- the awful- est old gray-headed nabob in the State. And what do you think? They said he was a p'fessor in a college, and could talk all kinds of languages, and knowed everything. And that ain't the wust. They said he could VOTE when he was at home. Well, that let me out. Thinks I, what is the country a-coming to? It was 'lection day, and I was just about to go and vote myself if I warn't too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a State in this country where they'd let that **** vote, I drawed out. I says I'll never vote agin. Them's the very words I said; they all heard me; and the country may rot for all me -- I'll never vote agin as long as I live. And to see the cool way of that **** -- why, he wouldn't a give me the road if I hadn't shoved him out o' the way. I says to the people, why ain't this **** put up at auction and sold? -- that's what I want to know. And what do you reckon they said? Why, they said he couldn't be sold till he'd been in the State six months, and he hadn't been there that long yet. There, now -- that's a specimen. They call that a govment that can't sell a free **** till he's been in the State six months. Here's a govment that calls itself a govment, and lets on to be a govment, and thinks it is a govment, and yet's got to set stock-still for six whole months before it can take a hold of a prowling, thieving, infernal, white-shirted free *****, and --
- c ch. 16, after Huck lies to the men about not having a runaway slave on his raft: "They went off, and I got aboard the raft, feeling bad and low, because I knowed very well I had done wrong, . . . Then I thought a minute, and says to myself, hold on, -- s'pose you'd a done right and give Jim up; would you felt better than what you do now? No, says I, I'd feel bad -- I'd feel just the same way I do now....So I reckoned I wouldn't bother no more about it, but after this always do whichever come handiest at the time" (78)
- d Chapter 24, page 132 "He was uncommon bright, the Duke was, and he soon struck it. He dressed Jim up in King Lear's outfit-it was a long curtain-calico gown, and a white horse-hair wig and whiskers; and then he took his theatre-paint and painted Jim's face and hands and ears and neck all over a dead dull solid blue, like a man that's been drownded nine days. Blamed if he warn't the horriblest looking outrage I ever see."
- e Ch. 18 (p 93) "Next Sunday we all went to church, about three mile, everybody a-horseback. The men took their guns along, so did Buck, and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall. The Shepardsons done the same. It was pretty ornery preaching -- all about brotherly love, and such-like tiresomeness; but everybody said it was a good sermon, and they all talked it over going home, and had such a powerful lot to say about faith, and good works, and free grace, and preforeordestination, and I don't know what all, that it did seem to me to be one of the roughest Sundays I had run across yet."
5 Multiple Choice Questions
- Is a Frenchman a man?" "Yes." "WELL, den! Dad blame it, why doan' he TALK like a man? You answer me DAT!"
- The door slammed to because it was on the careened side; and in a half second I was in the boat, and Jim come tumbling after me. I out with my knife and cut the rope, and away we went! We didn't touch an oar, and we didn't speak nor whisper, nor hardly even breathe. We went gliding swift along, dead silent, past the tip of the paddlebox, and past the stern; then in a second or two more we was a hundred yards below the wreck, and the darkness soaked her up, every last sign of her, and we was safe, and knowed it.
- "Git up and hump yourself, Jim! There ain't a minute to lose. They're after us!"
- People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum --
- ch. 18 (98-99) After getting away from the Grangerford and Sherpardson feud, Huck looks for the raft that Jim has fixed. "It was Jim's voice - nothing ever sounded so good before. I run along the bank a piece and got aboard, and Jim he grabbed me and hugged me, he was so glad to see me...I never felt easy till the raft was two mile below...in the middle of the Mississippi. Then we hung our signal lantern, and judged that we was free and safe once more...I was powerful glad to get away from the feuds, and so was Jim to get away from the swamp. We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."
5 True/False Questions
Ch. 15 - H feels terrible about playing 2nd prank on Jim. Learning about J's humanity; fighting what society has drilled in him. → Then I slid out quiet and throwed the snakes clear away amongst the bushes; for I warn't going to let Jim find out it was all my fault, not if I could help it...but I'd druther been bit with a snake than pap's whisky.
Out of ugliness like Pap comes a gentle-spirited person like Huck. He doesn't let Jim know these men are frauds in order to protect Jim. Knowing makes it harder to fake. Later on, it is evident that Jim also thinks something is not right with the duke and dauphin, but Jim also keeps quiet in order to protect Huck. Both smart. Both hiding knowledge to protect the other. → Dat truck dah is TRASH; en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren's en makes 'em ashamed.". . .Then he got up slow and walked to the wigwam, and went in there without saying anything but that. But that was enough. It made me feel so mean I could almost kissed HIS foot to get him to take it back. . .It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself. . .but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way.
Sherburn criticizes mob mentality; makes fun of KKK who hide behind masks to get things done. He says men are cowards and cannot function independently. This is also morally confusing for Huck. Although Huck understands what Sherburn is saying, he is confused about the death/killing of Boggs. How is this justified? It is morally confusing for Huck. → Shucks, it ain't no use to talk to you, Huck Finn. You don't seem to know anything, somehow -- perfect saphead." I thought all this over for two or three days, and then I reckoned I would see if there was anything in it. I got an old tin lamp and an iron ing, and went out in the woods and rubbed and rubbed till I sweat like an Injun, calculating to build a palace and sell it; but it warn't no use, none of the genies come. So then I judged that all that stuff was only just one of Tom Sawyer's lies. I reckoned he believed in the A-rabs and the elephants, but as for me I think different. It had all the marks of a Sunday-school.
Huck's commentary on authority "country out of kings" (reminiscent of Thoreau - no government is best) - power is corrupt at top.
Jim - ideal notion of how power should be - for the people... → Ch 23 (p129)
"Don't it 'sprise you, de way dem kings carries on, Huck?"
"No," I says, "it don't."
"Why don't it, Huck?"
"Well, it don't, because it's in the breed, I reckon they're all alike."
"But, Huck, dese kings o' ourn is reglar rapscallions, as fur as I can make out."
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"Now de duke, he's tolerable likely man, in some ways."
"Yes, a duke's different. But not very different. This one's a middling hard lot, for duke. When he's drunk, there ain't no near-sighted man could tell him from a king."
"Sometimes I wish we could hear of a country that's out of kings."
Ch. 10 - H feels bad about snake prank. Beginning of H's humanity for Jim. Beginning of H's education to Jim's humanity. → Dat truck dah is TRASH; en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren's en makes 'em ashamed.". . .Then he got up slow and walked to the wigwam, and went in there without saying anything but that. But that was enough. It made me feel so mean I could almost kissed HIS foot to get him to take it back. . .It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself. . .but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way.