The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Study Guide Essay

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Huck Finn Test Prep/Study Guide Please answer your questions in a different text color. Chapters 1­3
1. Identify: Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Jim, Miss Watson and Widow Douglas.
Huck­The protagonist and narrator of the novel. Huck is the thirteen­year­old son of the local drunk of St. Petersburg, Missouri.
Tom­Huck’s friend,Tom serves as a foil to Huck: imaginative, dominating, and given to wild plans taken from the plots of adventure novels, Tom is everything that Huck is not.
Jim­One of Miss Watson’s household slaves. Jim is superstitious and occasionally sentimental, but he is also intelligent, practical, and ultimately more of an adult than anyone else in the novel.
Miss Watson/Widow Douglas­ Two wealthy sisters who live together in a large house in St.
Petersburg and who adopt Huck. The gaunt and severe Miss Watson is the most prominent representative of the hypocritical religious and ethical values Twain criticizes in the novel. The
Widow Douglas is somewhat gentler in her beliefs and has more patience with the mischievous Huck.

2. Why doesn't Huck get along with Miss Watson and Widow Douglas?
He doesn't like their “controlling” ways, and he has to obey their command.
3. What does Huck think about religion ­­ specifically the good place, the bad place and prayer?
Huck wants to go to the “bad place” because he thinks Tom will be there.
4. Give at least two examples of superstition in this section of the novel.
Jim’s magic hairball that tells the future.
When Jim thinks he is ridden by witches.
5. Contrast Huck and Tom. What are their main differences?
Huck, wants adventure but is not the go getter kind of boy. Tom is a go getter and doesn't mind getting dirty, for something he wants.

Chapters 4­7
1. Why did Huck give his money to Judge Thatcher?
So Huck's father cannot take his fortune when he becomes the legal guardian of his son.

2. Describe Pap Finn. What kind of a person is he?
Pap Finn is an abusive man who will beat his child, get drunk and take his sons fortune.

3. What is Huck's attitude towards his father?
Huck is not only afraid of his father, he hates him.
4. Why does Pap yell at Huck for becoming civilized? Is he right?
He doesn’t want to have his son do better than him.
5. What was Huck's plan of escape from his father?
He would steal all of his father's belongings, kill a pig and throw it into the river, and use a canoe he found to drift away, faking his own death.

6. How do you know that material things don't matter to Huck?
He gives away many things he is given or finds. He also destroys all of his father’s belongings. Chapters 8 ­ 11
1. What purpose(s) does Huck's death serve?
He will be fully independent, with no one looking for him.
2. How does Huck meet Jim on Jackson's Island? Why is Jim there?
By exploring the island early in the morning one day, finding a recent campfire and then going back to the spot later that night finding Jim there. Jim was there because he heard that Mrs.
Watson was going to sell him down to New Orleans for $800 dollars.

3. What is in the two story house that floats by?
The body of a man who has been shot in the back.
4. Give three examples of Man vs. Society in this section.
In chapters 8 and 9, Huck feels that being on the island, separated from society, has removed him from the conflict of dealing with the demands of others: “I wouldn’t want to be nowhere else but here.” Huck wants to escape the ridiculous fighting and prejudices and expectations society imposes.
However, he realizes that this oasis is unrealistic and that he must help Jim escape, even if people will call him a "low down abolitionist."
Things get stickier for Huck when he learns that people back home, first thinking Pap had killed Huck, now believe that Jim is the murderer. Huck must once again come into conflict with society by continuing to protect his friend.
5. How are the townspeople superstitious? Jim? Huck? Give examples.