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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Teaching Unit
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- Explain why this novel is sometimes seen as a “rite of passage” story. Consider how Huck is at the beginning, what ordeals he undergoes, and how he survives at the end.
- Define the term “irony” and cite four examples from the novel that support your definition.
- By citing incidents from the novel, demonstrate that a major theme is “man’s inhumanity to man.”
- Trace the development of Huck’s troubled conscience. What is his problem, and how does he finally resolve it?
- Explain why Huck decides to “light out” for the Indian territory rather than stay with Aunt Sally and be “sivilized” again.
- Prove the following thesis by citing passages or incidents from the novel: On the river, Huck finds peace and freedom. When on land, he has to deal with human gullibility, greed, corruption, and cruelty.
- In what ways is Jim a less-developed character at the beginning and at the end of the novel than he is in the middle of the novel?
- List as many points of contrast as you can between Tom and Huck.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.