What is the source of the fortune that Judge Thatcher is keeping in trust for Huck?
A robber's stash that Huck and Tom found in a cave
At the end of the novel, which character informs the others that Jim is actually a free man?
Which of the following symbolizes bad luck to Huck and Jim?
a shed snakeskin
Which Wilks sister is initially suspicious of Huck?
How does Huck know that Pap has returned to St. Petersburg?
He sees Pap's boot print in the snow
What is the name of the wrecked steamboat on which Huck and Jim encounter the robbers?
The Walter Scott
What is Jim's initial destination when he and Huck start downriver?
The Ohio River
Where does Huck hide the Wilks family gold?
In Peter Wilks's coffin
Down which river do Huck and Jim travel?
What event sets off the final gunfight between the Shepherdsons and the Grangerfords?
Sophia Grangerford's elopement with a Shepherdson
How do Huck and Jim initially acquire the raft?
They find it during a flood.
What does the "witch pie" that Huck and Tom bake for Jim contain?
A rope ladder
How do the duke and the dauphin dress Jim so that he can stay on the raft without being tied up?
As a sick Arab
What is the name of the town where Huck, Jim, and Tom live at the novel's opening?
Why does Jim run away from Miss Watson's?
She is planning to sell him, which would separate him from his family.
What charm does Jim wear around his neck that he says cures sickness?
A five-cent piece
What is a primary influence on Tom Sawyer?
"Temperance" refers to the movement designed to abolish...
What kind of animal does Huck kill as part of the plot to fake his own death?
Who finally tells Huck that Pap is dead?
Which character gets shot in Jim's final "escape"?
Where does Huck go after Sherburn disperses the lynch mob?
To the raft
What is Mark Twain's real name?
How does Tom travel to the Phelps farm?
Where does Huck intend to go at the novel's end?
When Huck first ran away, who hunted him down and made him go back?
How much money did Huck and Tom find in the cave?
How many slaves does Colonel Grangerford have?
When Huck dresses as a girl, what does he say his full name is?
Sarah Mary Williams
How does Mrs. Loftus figure out that Huck is not a girl?
Huck can't thread a needle, throws like a boy and forgets to keep his legs together when he is sitting in his dress
Down what river do Huck and Jim pass?
Huck Finn is a thirteen-year-old boy. Why does Twain use a child as the center of consciousness in this book?
In using a child protagonist, Twain is able to imply a comparison between the powerlessness and vulnerability of a child and the powerlessness and vulnerability of a black man in pre-Civil War America. Huck and Jim frequently find themselves in the same predicaments: each is abused, each faces the threat of losing his freedom, and each is constantly at the mercy of adult white men. As we see in Huck's moral dilemmas, however, Jim is also vulnerable to Huck, who, although he occupies the lowest rung of the white social ladder, is white nonetheless. Twain also uses his child protagonist to dramatize the conflict between societal or received morality on the one hand and a different kind of morality based on intuition and experience on the other. As a boy, Huck is a character who can develop morally, whose mind is still open and being formed, who does not take his principles and values for granted. By tracing the education and experiences of a boy, Twain shows that conclusions about right and wrong that are based on logic and experience often stand at odds with the society's rules and morals, which are often hypocritical rather than logical.
Discuss Twain's use of dialects in the novel. What effect does this usage have on the reader? Does it make the novel less of an artistic achievement?
Twain's use of dialect, which has proved controversial over the years, lends to the overall realism and vividness of Huckleberry Finn. Because it is sometimes difficult to decipher the character's speech while reading, we are almost forced to read aloud: at the very least, to read this novel, one has to be able to "hear" the voices in one's own head. Performance is important in this novel, as Tom Sawyer's follies and the duke and the dauphin's cons demonstrate. Furthermore, in the world of the novel, the way in which a character speaks is closely tied to that character's status in society. Huck, who was born in poverty and has lived on the margins of society ever since, speaks in a much rougher, more uneducated-sounding dialect than the speech Tom uses. Jim's speech, meanwhile, which seems rough and uneducated, is frequently not all that different from Huck's speech or the speech of other white characters. In this way, Twain implies that it is society, wealth, and upbringing, rather than any sort of innate ignorance or roughness, that determines an individual's educational opportunities and manner of self-expression.
Discuss the use of the river as a symbol in the novel
At the beginning of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the river is a symbol of freedom and change. Huck and Jim flow with the water and never remain in one place long enough to be pinned down by a particular set of rules. Compared to the "civilized" towns along the banks of the Mississippi, the raft on the river represents an peaceful, alternative space where Huck and Jim, free of hassles and disapproving stares, can enjoy one anothers company and revel in the small pleasures of life, like smoking a pipe and watching the stars.
As the novel continues, however, the real world beyond the Mississippi's banks quickly intrudes on the calm, protected space of the river. Huck and Jim come across wrecks and threatening snags, and bounty hunters, thieves, and con artists accost them. Although the river still provides refuge when things go wrong ashore, Huck and Jim's relation to the river seems to change and become less friendly. After they miss the mouth of the Ohio River, the Mississippi ceases to carry them toward freedom. Instead, the current sweeps them toward the Deep South, which represents the ultimate threat to Jim and a dead end for Huck. Just as the Mississippi would inevitably carry Huck and Jim to New Orleans (where Miss Watson had wanted to send Jim anyway), escape from the evils inherent in humanity is never truly possible.
When was Huckleberry Finn published?
What genre is Huckleberry Finn?
What does Twain denounce throughout the book?
What is the river a symbol of?
What kind of person is Jim?
superstitious, motherly, and hardworking
What symbols are going throughout the book?
river, money, and rafts
Throughout the book, Jim is
a. a runaway slave
b. a freeman
c. Huck's friend
d. all of the above
d. All of the above
In the beginning of the book, why does Huck not turn Jim in?
Huck felt sorry for Jim
How does Huck save Jim from the Hunters?
hinted to the hunters that his family had small pox
Huck does not play any more trick on Jim after what incident?
After he plays a trick in the fog
How does Huck prevent the dauphin and duke from taking the money from the girls?
by hiding it in the coffin of the dead father