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A STEP BEYOND
TESTS AND ANSWERS
TEST 1 - ONLINE TEST/QUIZ
_____ 1. A major theme of Tom Sawyer can be stated as
I. "There's more than one road to success."
A. I, II, and III
_____ 2. Sunday school gives most of the children and adults present a chance to
A. swap stories
_____ 3. Tom is drawn to Huck in part because
A. Huck is more imaginative than Tom
_____ 4. Tom's courtship of Becky burlesques
A. children pretending to be grown up
_____ 5. Showing off is a St. Petersburg pastime that
A. only Tom engages in
_____ 6. Tom's pangs of conscience can be traced to
A. his inborn sense of right and wrong
_____ 7. The superstitions mentioned throughout the novel
A. suggest the primitive nature of the children's minds
_____ 8. After discovering they had been tricked into a funeral for three boys who were still alive, the villagers are
_____ 9. Tom finally wins Becky's heart by
A. kissing her
_____ 10. The narrator's anger is most easily excited by
A. signs of insincerity
11. In what way is Tom Sawyer an idyll-a work of literature that paints country life as a scene of tranquil happiness?
12. In his Autobiography, Twain notes that in his hometown of Hannibal "there were grades of society... class lines were quite clearly drawn." Point out some of the class divisions in St. Petersburg, and show how they help shape the villagers' attitudes and actions.
13. Contrast Tom's character with Huck's, noting how each is the other's foil-someone who brings out another's character more sharply.
14. Discuss the novel's four main story lines as illustrations of Tom's growth. How does each demonstrate his movement toward maturity?