The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is commonly known as what? (It's a nickname for the novel)
It is commonly known as one of the "Great American Novel."
Where is the setting of the novel (Time and Place)?
It is set in St. Petersburg, Missouri near the Mississippi River and various locations along the river through Arkansas.
Before the Civil War; roughly 1835-1845
Define unrealiable narrator.
one who does not understand the full significance of the events he describes and comments on.
Define episodic novel.
a novel that is broken into smaller portions or scenarios (Almost like an episode of television show).
In Chapter 4, why does Huck sell his money to Judge Thatcher for $1?
He is afraid Pap might come and take his money.
Why is Pap waiting for Huck in Huck's bedroom?
Pap wants Huck back. He knows that Huck has money; Pap will use the money get drunk.
Why does the judge give Huck back to Pap?
The judge does not know the history of Pap Finn and wants to keep families together. He tries to reform Pap but it does not work.
How does Huck fake his own death?
He kills a pig and makes the cabin look like a murder. He finds a canoe and heads down the river.
Who goes on a ferryboat to look for Huck's body?
Pap, Judge Thatcher, Bessie Thatcher, Tom, Aunt Polly are all looking for Huck's body.
Two things searchers do to help locate the Huck's body?
They shoot cannonballs into the water and loaves of bread with mercury inside.
Why does Huck feel guilty about faking his own death?
Huck feels guilty that his disappearance has upset Widow Douglas.
After Huck is on Jackson's Island for three days, who does he find on the fourth day?
Huck finds Jim resting on Jackson's Island.
What is Jim's reason for being on Jackson's Island?
Jim is a runaway from the Widow Douglas because she was going to sell him to a farm in New Orleans for $800.
Define situational irony.
The difference between what is expected or intended and what actually occurs in a specific situation in a work of literature.
In Chapter 10, explain the trick Huck plays on Jim with the rattlesnake.
Huck finds a dead rattlesnake and puts the skin in Jim's bed. The mate of the snake gets in Jim's bed and bites him.
In Chapter 10, explain what happens when Huck goes ashore disguised as a girl.
Huck says his name is Sarah Williams from Hookerviller. He learns that his murder nearly got Pap lynched but now suspicion has turned to Jim.
Explain Huck's battle with his conscience when he leaves the raft to go ashore.
He feels guilty about helping a runaway slave. He feels that he has let Widow Douglas and Miss Watson down. But he feels bad about not helping Jim because he now considers Jim his friend.
What are the names of the two feuding families in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
The Grangerford's and Shepherdson's.
Who are the first two members of the Grangerford family that Huck meets?
Colonel Grangerford and Buck Grangerford.
Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, and/or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices. Examples are South Park, The Colbert Report.
Who was Emmeline Grangerford?
She is the deceased daughter of the Grangerford family. She wrote a lot of depressing poems. Her family left her room exactly as it was before she passed away.
What is Buck's reason for the feud between the Sheperdsons and the Grangerfords?
Buck can't remember the reason. The feud has been going on for 30+ years.
Explain the irony during the scene when the Sheperdsons and Grangerfords take their guns with them to church.
It is ironic because they are listening to a sermon about good faith and reasoning.
Why does Huck feel responsible for Sophia running off with Harney?
He was the one to get her Bible with the note in it regarding the secret meeting.
Explain the difference between the Duke and Dauphin.
Con men who they rescue as they are being run out of a town. The Duke is about 30 years old, and claims to be the son of the Duke of Bridgewater. The Dauphin is about 70 years old and claims to be the son of Louis XVI and heir to the French throne.
Explain the Duke's strategy to travel with Jim during the day.
They print up fake bills for Jim as an escaped slave. They tie him up as to appear that they are returning him to his rightful owner.
Why does Huck lie to the Duke and Dauphin about his and Jim's identities?
He is afraid they will take Jim back to the Widow Douglas or kill him for reward money. He is also afraid they will steal Huck's fortune.
When Huck realizes that the Duke and Dauphin are frauds, why doesn't Huck reveal that to Jim?
Jim is an uneducated slave and may not understand that the men were frauds or con-men.
In Chapters 24-25, what makes Huck "ashamed of the human race?"
The Duke and Dauphin impersonate Peter Wilks' brothers from England in order to gain the family money.
Who is Doctor Robinson? How does he try to disporve the Duke and Dauphin's identities?
Doctor Robinson is the character who speaks up against the Duke and Dauphin. He says that the Duke and Dauphin are fakes. He disproves their identities by saying their accents are fake.
Who is Mary Jane?
Mary Jane is the eldest Wilks' daughter. She gives the Dauphin $6000 because she believes that he is her uncle.
It is a coming of age story which focuses the on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood.
List characteristics of a bildungsroman novel.
A character change is extremely important.
It usually focuses on a character who is looking for answers and experience.
A character usually experiences an emotional loss.
The protagonist typically leaves on some type of journey.
Give two literary examples of a bildungsroman novel.
The Swiss Family Robinson
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Catcher in the Rye
All Quiet on the Western Front
A Clockwork Orange
The House on Mango Street
The Kite Runner
Explain the most dramatic part of the novel. (Hint: Chapters 31-33)
Huck sits down and decides to write a letter to Miss Watson explaining that he has been helping Jim escape. Huck is torn between his friendship with Jim and his belief of helping a runaway slave is a sin. Huck rips up the letter and decides to help Jim.
Towards the end of the book, what has happened to the Duke and Dauphin?
They are tarred and feathered by the townspeople.
What is Huck's reaction to the Duke and Dauphin's punishment?
"...people can be awfully cruel to one another."
Who does Tom pretend to be when he arrives to visit Aunt Sally?
He pretends to be Sid Sawyer, his older brother.
What does Tom do in response to Uncle Silas?
Tom writes a letter pretending to be a member of a gang of robbers who are planning to steal Jim. The family is frightened.
Who comes to the Phelps' farm to wait for the robbers?
15 other farmers come to wait for the robbers.
When Tom, Huck, and Jim start to run away, what happens to Tom?
Tom rips his pants while climbing over a fence and gets shot in the leg.
Which character do we learn has died at the end of the novel?
Miss Watson has died at the end of the novel.
Who wants to adopt Huck at the end of the novel?
Aunt Sally wants to adopt Huck at the end of the novel.
Does Huck agree to be adopted at the end of the novel?
No, he does not. Huck does not want to be civilized any more.
What has happened to Pap Finn at the end of the novel?
We learn that he was the dead man in the houseboat and that he did not take all of Huck's money.