Chapter 1 Questions and Answers
1. Give a brief summary of the end of the novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
2. Why did Twain choose a young boy as the narrator for the novel?
3. Name one of the major themes of the novel.
4. Give an example of superstition in Chapter 1.
5. Compare the character of the Widow Douglas to her sister, Miss Watson.
6. At what period in history does the story take place?
7. Give an example of satire (a device in literature that blends criticism of society with humor) in Chapter 1.
8. What do the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson try to teach Huck in order to civilize him?
9. What did the slaves do before they went to bed at night?
10. Who gave the catcall after midnight?
1. Tom and Huck found the six thousand dollars in gold that the robbers had hidden in the cave. Judge Thatcher invested it for them.
2. Twain uses Huck’s comments as an innocent and truthful criticism of society.
3. One major theme of the novel is individual freedom. Huck searches for freedom from the constraints of a corrupt society, and Jim searches for freedom from slavery.
4. Huck accidentally flips a spider into a candle and is sure it will bring him bad luck.
5. The Widow Douglas seems less demanding of Huck than does Miss Watson. She asks her sister to “ease up” on Huck during the spelling lesson.
6. The story takes place before the Civil War, when slavery was still legal in the southern United States.
7. One example of satire is Huck’s decision not to go to the “good place” if Miss Watson would be there.
8. They teach him proper dress, proper manners, and regular Bible reading.
9. They came into the house for prayers.
10. Tom Sawyer was calling for Huck.
Chapters 2 and 3 Questions and Answers
1. Where does Tom take Huck and the gang?
2. What does Jim think has happened when he finds his hat hanging in the tree?
3. When Tom’s gang tries to rob the rich “Spaniards” and “A-rabs,” who do they actually rob?
4. Where does Tom get his ideas for robbing and killing people?
5. If anyone reveals the secrets of the gang, the boy and his family must be killed. Whom does Huck offer as his family to be killed?
6. Contrast the personalities of Huck and Tom.
7. Whose slave is Jim?
8. Who are Joe Harper and Ben Rogers?
9. What purpose does the Mississippi River serve in the novel?
10. How wide is the river in this chapter?
1. Tom takes Huck and the gang to the cave through the hole that he had discovered earlier.
2. Jim thinks that he has been ridden around the world by witches.
3. The gang tries to rob a Sunday school picnic. To their humiliation, it is a primer class filled with very young children.
4. He gets them from the books he reads. One of those books is Don Quixote.
5. Huck offers Miss Watson because he would rather give her up than anyone else.
6. Huck is literal-minded, realistic, and practical, but Tom is romantic and imaginative.
7. Jim is Miss Watson’s slave. This is another criticism of Miss Watson as an unfavorable character in the novel.
8. Joe Harper and Ben Rogers are boys in Tom Sawyer’s gang.
9. The Mississippi River acts as a symbolic setting in the novel, representing an idyllic escape from the corruption of society. 10. The river is a mile wide, which gives it a majestic power.
Chapters 4 and 5 Questions and Answers
1. How does Huck feel about school in these chapters?
2. How does Huck know his pap is back in town?
3. Why is Huck in a big hurry to give Judge Thatcher his money?
4. What does Judge Thatcher give Huck in exchange for the six thousand dollars?
5. Huck consults Jim about his father. What does he want to know?
6. How does Pap feel about Huck’s ability to read and write?
7. Who goes to court to gain custody of Huck?
8. Who takes Pap into their house in an attempt to reform him?
9. Does Pap turn over a new leaf as he says he will? Explain your answer.
10. What is Twain’s commentary on superstition in Chapter 4?
1. At first he hated school, but as time went on it became easier and he actually began to like it.
2. He sees his footprints in the snow. Pap has a unique cross in his left bootheel to ward off the devil.
3. He feels that if he gets rid of his six thousand dollars, Pap will leave him alone.
4. He gives him one dollar. In this way Huck has sold it rather than given it away.
5. Jim relies on his hairball to work magic. Huck wants to know about his father, but the hairball wavers back and forth giving him opposing answers.
6. Pap is jealous of his son. He does not want his son to be better than he is, nor to put on “airs.”
7. Judge Thatcher and the Widow Douglas want the court to take Huck away from his father. They want to save Huck from his father’s abuse.
8. The new judge and his wife give him their spare room, food to eat, and new clothes to wear.
9. No. He sneaks out in the middle of the night, exchanges his coat for whiskey, gets drunk, and breaks his arm.
10. Twain is subtly satirizing superstition in this chapter, particularly in the hairball incident. It is obvious neither the hairball’s spirit nor Jim are sure of anything since one answer is consistently juxtaposed with the opposite answer following it.
Chapters 6 and 7 Questions and Answers
1. Pap kidnaps Huck. Where does he take him?
2. Why does Huck want people to think that he is dead?
3. Does Pap get Huck’s six thousand dollars?
4. What does Pap do with Huck when he goes to town for supplies?
5. What tool does Huck use to escape from the cabin?
6. Why does Huck kill the pig?
7. What does the “June rise” of the river bring with it for Huck?
8. Why does Huck wish Tom Sawyer were with him?
9. Why does Huck suddenly enjoy school?
10. Huck sleeps in the canoe just before he escapes to Jackson’s Island. What is he waiting for?
1. Pap takes Huck to a deserted cabin in the woods on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.
2. He does not want his pap nor the Widow Douglas to search for him.
3. No. He does not have the patience to wait around for the court’s decision.
4. He locks Huck in the cabin so he will not run away.
5. He uses a rusty old saw. His pap is careful not to leave any knives around while he is gone, but Huck finds the saw between the rafter and clapboards of the roof.
6. He killed the pig so he could smear the blood around to make it look as if he had been murdered with an ax.
7. The “June rise” causes a canoe to wash up on shore that Huck hides for his escape.
8. Huck wishes Tom Sawyer was there to help him stage his own death. He feels Tom would give it that “fancy touch.”
9. He goes to school to spite his father. His father forbids him to go near the school.
10. Huck is waiting for it to get dark so he will not be seen on the river.
Chapters 8 and 9 Questions and Answers
1. What interrupts Huck’s comfortable and relaxed feeling the first morning on the island?
2. Why are the townspeople on the river that morning?
3. What is found in the bread that is floating on the water?
4. Whose campfire does Huck find?
5. What will people say if they discover that Huck is harboring a slave?
6. What is Miss Watson tempted to do with her slave, Jim?
7. What happens to the island when it rains?
8. What do Huck and Jim find on the island that has been washed down by the flood?
9. A large two-story house floats down the river past the island. What do Huck and Jim find in the house?
10. Where do Huck and Jim make their home on the island?
1. The interruption is the loud “boom” of the cannon coming from the ferryboat.
2. They are on the river to try and locate Huck’s dead body.
3. Quicksilver is put in the bread because they feel that it will locate a dead body in the river.
4. Huck finds Jim’s campfire, but he does not know whose it is at the time.
5. People will call Huck a low-down Abolitionist.
6. Miss Watson is tempted to sell him down the river for eight hundred dollars.
7. It becomes flooded with three or four feet of water at the lower end of the island.
8. They find a large raft.
9. Huck and Jim find a dead man in the house. In the last chapter of the novel Huck will learn that it was the body of his father.
10. They make their home in a cave on a high bluff. This provides shelter when it rains and protection from people who might be looking for Jim.
Chapters 10 and 11 Questions and Answers
1. What does a rattlesnake do when its mate dies?
2. Jim thinks there is a reason why the rattlesnake bit him. What is the reason?
3. Why does Huck dress like a girl?
4. How long does it take for Jim’s swelling on his leg to go down?
5. What is the name of the forty-year-old woman whom Huck talks to in town?
6. What crime is Jim accused of?
7. Why does Huck build a fire at his old campsite?
8. How does Mrs. Loftus know that Huck is not a girl?
9. What reward is offered for Huck’s father?
10. How does Huck react when Mrs. Loftus says that people think Jim murdered Huck?
1. The rattlesnake finds its mate and coils around it.
2. Jim thinks the snake bit him because Huck touched a snakeskin with his bare hands.
3. Huck dresses to disguise himself so nobody will recognize him in town.
4. It takes four days and four nights.
5. Her name is Mrs. Judith Loftus. Her husband wants to find Jim for the three hundred dollar reward.
6. Jim is accused of murdering Huck.
7. He builds a fire to distract the people who are hunting for Jim until they can get off the island.
8. Mrs. Loftus observes the way Huck catches the lump of lead by clapping his legs together. She can also tell by the way he threads a needle.
9. The reward is two hundred dollars because he is a murder suspect.
10. Huck is completely surprised, but he tries to stay calm so she will not suspect his connection with Jim.
Chapters 12 and 13 Questions and Answers
1. What is a towhead?
2. After it gets dark Jim builds a protection from the rain. What does he build?
3. What is the “texas” part of a steamboat?
4. Why does Huck want to rescue the robbers on the wrecked steamboat?
5. Why does Huck wish Tom Sawyer could be with him to explore the wrecked steamboat?
6. What does Huck finally say to get action from the captain of the ferryboat?
7. What does Huck mean when he says “I lifted a chicken” and “borrowed a watermelon”?
8. What happens to the raft while Huck and Jim explore the wrecked steamboat?
9. Do they find the raft again?
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Chapters 14 and 15 Questions and Answers
1. How did Jim feel about Huck’s “adventure” on the Walter Scott?
2. Which king was familiar to Jim?
3. Who was the French king who was beheaded?
4. Who was his son?
5. Why are Huck and Jim separated in the fog?
6. What kind of trick does Huck play on Jim?
7. How does Jim feel about the trick?
8. How many nights will it take to get to Cairo?
9. Where has Huck learned about kings?
10. Which river will Huck and Jim travel to get to the free states?
1. Jim said he did not want any more adventures because he did not want to risk...
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Chapters 16 and 17 Questions and Answers
1. Why does Huck’s conscience bother him as they approach what they think is Cairo?
2. What does Huck tell the slave hunters about his predicament?
3. What do the men in the skiff do for Huck?
4. Does Huck feel better after he has protected Jim from the slave hunters?
5. What destroys the raft?
6. How can Huck and Jim tell that they have missed Cairo in the fog?
7. Why does Jim think they have had such bad luck?
8. Why does Huck go into long descriptions of the furnishings and pictures in the Grangerford’s house?
9. Who do the Grangerfords think Huck might be when the dogs bark at him?...
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Chapters 18 and 19 Questions and Answers
1. Why are the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons feuding?
2. Name the couple who run off and get married?
3. What happens to the young couple after the shooting starts?
4. What secret does Miss Sophia ask Huck to keep?
5. Why does Huck think the duke and the king are after him when they first meet?
6. Do Huck and Jim expect to paddle their newly-found canoe up the Ohio River?
7. When Huck pulls the men out of the river, what has happened to them?
8. How does Jim feel when he sees Huck again? What does he think has happened to him?
9. Where is Huck while the shooting is going on?
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Chapters 20 and 21 Questions and Answers
1. How does Huck explain the fact that they travel at night and sleep during the day?
2. What do the people at the camp meeting expect the king to do with the money they collect for him?
3. How does Jim treat Huck during the storm at night?
4. How do the duke and the king plan to make it safe for Jim to travel during the day?
5. What does the duke mean when he says he will call back Hamlet’s soliloquy from “recollection’s vaults”?
6. Why is the duke’s version of Hamlet’s soliloquy confusing?
7. Who is assigned the role of Juliet in the “Shakespearean Revival”?
8. Why does Colonel Sherburn murder...
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Chapters 22 and 23 Questions and Answers
1. Who faces the mob single-handed?
2. Who is Twain satirizing in this situation?
3. What attracts the crowd at the showing of The Royal Nonesuch?
4. Why do the king and the duke leave during the third performance?
5. Approximately how many people attend the Shakespearean performance?
6. Why do the king and duke change to another show?
7. What does Huck mean when he says that all kings are “rapscallions”?
8. What does Jim do for Huck that shows he cares about him?
9. Who is Jim homesick for in these chapters?
10. What disease caused Jim’s daughter’s deafness?
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Chapters 24 and 25 Questions and Answers
1. What does the duke do so that Jim does not need to be tied up in the wigwam all day?
2. Who gives the king the information about the Wilks family?
3. What are the names of the three Wilks sisters?
4. Who meets the king, the duke, and Huck when they reach the shore in the yawl?
5. How do the Wilks girls react when they see the king and the duke?
6. How does the crowd react when the king names several of Peter Wilks’ closest friends and invites them for supper?
7. Does the duke say anything to the townspeople?
8. Why do the king and duke give the Wilks sisters $415 of their own money?
9. Who is...
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Chapters 26 and 27 Questions and Answers
1. Why do the women insult their own food?
2. What incident in the novel convinces Huck that he must get the money back to the Wilks girls?
3. In what way will Huck get the money from the king and the duke?
4. Where does Huck hurriedly hide the money? Why does he choose this particular spot?
5. How do the king and the duke justify selling the property so soon after the funeral?
6. Where do the slaves go when they are sold?
7. Why does the king sell the slaves the day after the funeral? How does the duke feel about this?
8. Why does the duke wish he had kept the slaves?
9. How do the Wilks girls...
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Chapters 28 and 29 Questions and Answers
1. Why does Huck tell Mary Jane the truth?
2. Why does Hines think that the king is an imposter?
3. Why does Huck ask Mary Jane to leave town?
4. How does Huck tell Mary Jane that he put the bag of money in the coffin?
5. How does Levi Bell propose to find who the true Wilks brothers are?
6. What were the misfortunes of the Wilks brothers?
7. How do they finally solve the problem of identification?
8. Why don’t they believe Huck when he says he’s English?
9. On his way to the raft what does Huck see in the middle of town?
10. Why did Hines let go of Huck’s hand allowing him to get...
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Chapters 30 and 31 Questions and Answers
1. What do Huck and Jim do as soon as Huck gets back to the raft?
2. Who do the king and the duke blame for stealing the money?
3. Who captured Jim and sold him?
4. Where did Jim go after he was sold?
5. What does Huck tell the duke about the raft when he meets him in town?
6. Why can’t Huck pray when he tries?
7. Why does Huck tear up his letter to Miss Watson?
8. Why is Chapter 31 a climactic chapter in the novel?
9. How does Huck feel about his decision to “buy Jim out of slavery”?
10. Why doesn’t Huck tell on the king and duke when he has a chance?
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Chapters 32 and 33 Questions and Answers
1. Why does Huck go to the Phelps Plantation?
2. Who is Huck mistaken for at the Phelps Plantation?
3. How does Huck feel when he learns that Aunt Sally thinks he is Tom Sawyer?
4. How does Tom react when Huck tells him he is going to steal Jim from the Phelps Plantation?
5. Who is the stranger that arrives at the Phelps Plantation after Huck? What does the stranger call himself?
6. Who informs Mr. Phelps about the king and the duke and their Royal Nonesuch show?
7. What happens to the king and the duke as a result?
8. What do Huck and Tom do to try to warn the king and the duke about possible trouble...
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Chapters 34 and 35 Questions and Answers
1. How does Tom finally guess Jim’s whereabouts?
2. Why is Huck in awe of Tom’s intelligence?
3. Why does Huck think Tom’s plan for freeing Jim is better than his?
4. What is Huck’s first and most practical plan of escape?
5. What are some of Huck’s other plans of escape for Jim?
6. Why does Tom want to saw the bedpost leg in half?
7. Why does Huck think Tom’s plan is foolish?
8. Where does Huck get the bedsheets for the rope ladder?
9. What plan do they finally adopt to free Jim?
10. How long does Tom think it should take to dig Jim out?
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Chapters 36 and 37 Questions and Answers
1. When the case knives are too slow for digging, what do Huck and Tom decide to use instead?
2. When Tom goes upstairs to bed what does he pretend the stairs are?
3. According to Tom why do the witches come to visit Nat at breakfast?
4. How many new shirts has Aunt Sally made in the last two years?
5. Why does Uncle Silas find the missing spoon in his pocket?
6. What two missing items have been stolen off of the clothesline?
7. What do Huck and Tom bake into the witch’s pie?
8. What do Huck and Tom do to confuse Aunt Sally about her silverware?
9. Why do they need a bedsheet?
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Chapters 38 and 39 Questions and Answers
1. How were pens and saws made by Jim and Huck?
2. What does Tom decide to use for the coat of arms and the mournful inscriptions?
3. What does Jim threaten to do if Tom forces him to live with rattlesnakes?
4. What does Tom substitute for the rattlesnakes?
5. What animal bites him? What does he do with the blood?
6. How is Jim supposed to water his flower?
7. What happens to the rats under Aunt Sally’s bed? How does Aunt Sally feel about them?
8. Where do the garter snakes go after they crawl out of the bag in the boys’ bedroom?
9. Why does Jim have trouble sleeping at night?
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Chapters 40 and 41 Questions and Answers
1. Where has Huck forgotten the butter for the boys’ lunch?
2. Who does Huck find in the “setting-room?”
3. What happens to Tom’s britches when the three are escaping to the river and the raft?
4. Why don’t the dogs pay any attention to Huck, Jim, and Tom?
5. What has happened to Tom during the escape?
6. What does Huck tell the doctor about Tom’s bullet wound?
7. Why does the doctor leave Huck on the shore when he goes to take care of Tom?
8. Where does Huck sleep all night?
9. What is going on at the Phelps Plantation when Huck gets there?
10. Why doesn’t Huck leave the...
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Chapters 42 and 43 Questions and Answers
1. When Tom finally comes home who accompanies him?
2. How do the men treat Jim as a runaway slave?
3. What do they threaten to do to Jim to teach the other slaves a lesson?
4. Why don’t they do what they feel like doing to Jim?
5. What is Jim’s punishment when he gets back to his cabin?
6. When Tom wakes up what does he reveal to Aunt Sally?
7. Who arrives to surprise her sister?
8. Who first reveals Jim’s freedom? How is Jim freed?
9. What happened to Pap?
10. What does Huck plan to do at the novel’s end?
1. The doctor, Jim, and the...
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