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Free Barron's Booknotes-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST 2 - ONLINE QUIZ / TEST

_____ 1. Throughout the novel, Tom's major goal is to

A. please Polly
B. be the center of attention
C. impress Becky Thatcher

_____ 2. Injun Joe is mainly motivated by

A. greed
B. confusion over his ancestry
C. revenge

_____ 3. Polly goes against her religious beliefs-her "duty"- by

A. quoting Scripture
B. blaming Tom for breaking the sugar bowl
C. not punishing Tom severely


_____ 4. Tom runs away to Jackson's Island because he

A. feels sorry for himself
B. wants to attend his own funeral
C. likes to camp out

_____ 5. Tom hurts Polly's feelings when he

A. attends his funeral
B. lets her think he is a clairvoyant
C. feeds the cat Pain-Killer

_____ 6. Tom's membership in the Cadets of Temperance and the discovery of whiskey in the Temperance Tavern give Twain a chance to

A. satirize hypocrisy
B. show the harm of bad habits
C. support the cause of temperance

_____ 7. At first, Huck doesn't tell the Welshman who the "Spaniard" is because he

A. wants credit for capturing Injun Joe
B. doesn't know who he is
C. is afraid of reprisal from Injun Joe

_____ 8. Tom discovers an exit from the cave during

A. daylight hours
B. the hours of darkness
C. a thunderstorm

_____ 9. The villagers refuse to believe that Tom and Huck's good fortune came their way

A. mostly by accident
B. through the boys' cleverness
C. honestly

_____ 10. Tom persuades Huck to return to the widow's house by telling him that if he does, he can

A. go to West Point and law school
B. join Tom's gang of robbers
C. eat well and wear clean clothes

11. In what ways is Tom Sawyer a satire of people's desires for power and money?

12. Discuss Tom's uncanny ability to turn nearly everything into play.

13. Twain had a fondness for burlesques-takeoffs on literary conventions and forms. What are the targets of his burlesques in Tom Sawyer, and how does he make fun of his targets?

14. What role does religion play in the novel and in the lives of the people of St. Petersburg?

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