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What can the reader expect in a story told from first-person point of view?
in general the reader can expect the character, usually the protagonist but not always, to share their thoughts and feelings with the reader
Describe the setting as it is established in the first chapter
The first chapter is set at the home of Widow Douglas. Huck is describing his adventures with Tom Sawyer, and he is speaking of the life he now leads being raised like the widow’s own son
What evidence is presented to establish Huck as a youth rather than an adult?
It is understood that Huck is a youth from Tom Sawyer. In Huck, we know that he is young because he is adopted by the Widow Doglas. His no good drunk Pap shows up to claim custody of Huck for his prize money
What exposition is provided by Huck, which he claims is the prequel to this story.
The novel begins with Huck explaining that we have heard of him from another book
. How does Twain establish Huck Finn as a mischievous rascal?
“But Tom Sawyer he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable
How does Twain incorporate humor through point of view in the first chapter?
He is rather innocent in his dealings with people and reports things directly as he sees them. He is also often unaware when he has said something insightful.
What evidence of Huck’s own superstitious nature does Twain show the reader at the
end of the first chapter?
Then away out in the woods I heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes when it wants to tell about something that’s on its mind and can’t make itself understood, and so can’t rest easy in its grave, and has to go about that way every night grieving
. How does the author create suspense at the start of chapter 2?
Tom and Huck play a prank on Jim.
Explain the significance of the expression “sign your name in blood” as it is used in this
This happens when the boys crawl into a cave and Tom introduces the idea of
“Tom Sawyer’s Gang”. The boys must take an oath and sign their name in blood to join.
In what ways is Huck different from the other boys in the gang?
Different b/c he doesn’t have a family, had rough life (days w/o food), other boys have stable families
Describe how Huck Finn changes his opinion of Tom Sawyer as chapter 3 develops.
it’s in Chapter Three that Huck realizes that maybe Tom isn’t all he thought he was. Huck finds Tom’s behavior to be bossy and self-serving. Huck finally sees that Tom is out for himself, and that he really isn’t worried about anyone else.
Explain the significance of the woods to Huck’s life
The woods are an escape for Huck
List and briefly explain the misrepresentation up until this chapter that Tom Sawyer
believes to be the truth
tom and Huck raid the picnic, and then Huck judges that most of Tom’s stories have been “lies.”
What is Huck’s reaction to the footprints, and what could the reader infer about the
future plot of the story using his reaction as evidence?
The footprints stop before reaching the house, therefore Huck knew someone had been there and was just watching. Huck also recognized the “cross in the left boot-heel made with big nails, to keep off the devil.” We can infer that Huck knows the owner of the boots, and that he’s worried enough about this person to take all of his money to the Judge and ask him to invest it or keep it safe.
Speculate why Huck gives all of his money to Judge Thatcher
Pap is after his money
How does this chapter depict Jim as Huck’s confidante? Why is this relationship
Jim is the first person Huck tells that his father has been around. He believes the Jim can tell the future with his “hairball” (yep), and he wants to know what’s going to happen
Why does Huck trust the magic hairball’s advice more than Jim’s?
he hairball’s predictions about Pap capture Huck’s imagination more than Jim’s very common sense approach.
What example of foreshadowing does Twain use in chapter 4?
The foreshadowing in Chapter 4 comes with Jim’s telling Huck’s fortune
How does Twain express his skepticism toward men who claim to be “reformed” and
those who push to “reform” others?
I think this has much to do with Pap swearing to the judge that he will change his ways, stop drinking and become a god fearing Christian if he can take custody of Huck
How does the foreshadowing in Chapter 4 come to a resolution at the beginning of
Chapter 6?
Huck’s father causes all sorts of trouble for him. He tries to get the reward money, beats him, follows him around, takes money from him, and goes so far as to kidnap him
What is ironic about Pa’s holding Huck against his will?
Huck’s Pap never wanted Huck in the first place. He basically left Huck to fend for himself until her heard about his son’s money
How does Twain create humor in the tense situation of Pa’s drunken rage in the cabin?
Huck knew Pa was going to get drunk, and that he’s have his opportunity to steal the key, but he had no idea his Pa would get so drunk that he’d be delusional. He must have been quite a sight dodging snakes, talking about the dead tramp, and calling Huck the angel of death.
How does Twain begin to question the morality of slavery in this chapter?
the new judge in town refuses to give custody of Huck to Judge Thatcher and the Widow, despite Pap’s history of neglect and abuse
How is suspense created in chapter 7?
Pap is asleep and Huck is trying to get away from him, so he sneaks out in a canoe. Then Huck hears Pap wake up and he tries to get away as quickly as he can so Pap does not catch him escaping
Describe the examples of imagery used at the end of this chapter.
Here we see strong imagery of the river at night. The sights and sounds of a pitch dark night stand out in the reader’s mind. We also clearly see the silhouette of Huck’s canoe and Pap, a drunken and stupid sod, paddle right by. The scene is still and tense.
What satire about religion does Huck offer in chapter 8?
Huck believes in superstition in the book than he does in religion.
Explain how Twain’s experience as a riverboat captain and the writing technique of local
color enhance the exposition of chapter 8.
Twains experience gave him the ability to describe very clearly of the river in the book.
Explain the meaning of Huck’s expression: “There warn’t much sand in my craw”?
(pg. 49)
Huck didn’t have any energy in his “claw” to say anything
List and summarize the situations of superstitions mentioned in chapter 8
Jim says when birds hop along the ground, stopping every couple of feet, it means it will rain soon.
. How is Jim portrayed as a stereotypical Southern slave in chapter8?
Jim is not free as we can see because he ran away. He is not well educated
Explain the significance of the Mississippi Valley’s caves and caverns in the story thus far
They represent curiosity and adventure. We are not quite sure what they are.
How does the weather contrast with the mood of Jim and Huck at the start of
Jim and Huck were happy and cheerful while it was thundering and lightning outside
Identify the figurative devices used in the paragraph below.
“We spread the blankets inside for a carpet, and eat our dinner in there.
We put all the other things handy at the back of the cavern. Pretty soon it
darkened up, and begun to thunder and lighten; so the birds was right about
it. Directly it begun to rain, and it rained like all fury, too, and I never see the
wind blow so. It was one of these regular summer storms. It would get so dark
that it looked all blue-black outside, and lovely; and the rain would thrash
along by so thick that the trees off a little ways looked dim and spider-webby;
and here would come a blast of wind that would bend the trees down and turn
up the pale underside of the leaves; and then a perfect ripper of a gust would
follow along and set the branches to tossing their arms as if they was just wild;
and next, when it was just about the bluest and blackest—fst! It was as bright
as glory, and you’d have a little glimpse of tree-tops a-plunging about away off
yonder in the storm, hundreds of yards further than you could see before; dark
as sin again in a second, and now you’d hear the thunder let go with an awful
crash, and then go rumbling, grumbling, tumbling, down the sky towards the
under side of the world, like rolling empty barrels down-stairs—where it’s long
stairs and they bounce a good deal, you know.” (pgs. 57 – 58)
Personification, metaphor
Although some critics find fault with what they consider to be Twain’s “heavy-handed”
use of such figurative and sound devices, what effect does he create with this language?
He creates irony and the character of huck finn, mostly his personality
In what way does Jim assume a father-like role to Huck at the end of the chapter
temporarily establishing him as a foil to Pap?
Jim is more worried about how huck will react to the dead man. He cares for huck and his feelings.
How does Huck’s view of superstition evolve over the course of chapter 10
Jim doesn’t want to talk about the dead man but huck wont drop it. Huck puts a dead snake near jims bead later.
What does the following paragraph indicate about the development of Huck’s character?
“Jim sucked and sucked at the jug, and now and then he got out of his head
and pitched around and yelled; but every time he come to himself he went to
sucking at the jug again. His foot swelled up pretty big, and so did his leg; but
by and by the drunk begun to come, and so I judged he was all right; but I’d
druther been bit with a snake then Pap’s whisky.” (pg. 62)
Huck is stating that he does not want to be a drunk like jim and that he would rather be bit by a snake.
How does Huck’s dressing up as a girl help to establish his independence as a character?
Huck is more independent and more daring. He is willing to get caught for important information.
Explain the significance of Chapter 11’s title, “They’re After Us!”
The significance of chapter 11s title is that jim and huck are both on an island where they are being searched for.
Hypothesize why the reward for Pap is only two hundred dollars and the reward for Jim
is three hundred dollars given that Pap is suspected as Huck’s killer.
I think Jims is greater because he is a run away slave and that is a very punishable thing back then. Jim could be sold for a lot more than 300 so I believe that is why his reward is greater than paps.
What theme is Twain building in this chapter when Huck chooses not to turn Jim in for
the reward money?
Honor and loyalty. It is these because by not turning him in he is staying loyal to him and becoming trustworthy.
What do the events of chapter12 suggest about Huck’s personal development?
He gains responsibility and becoming smarter. Huck avoids a bad situation which again brings back that he is responsible and more intelligent.
What purpose does chapter 12 serve?
It is showing more about who Jim is and how Jim is actually a caring responsible character. It is showing loyalty between Huck and Jim.
Identify the hyperbole in the fi rst paragraph of chapter 13 and explain why it is used
The Hyperbole is used to describe how nervous Huck is
How does Twain, again, portray Huck Finn as a boy of quick wits?
Huck makes up a story about how his family got in a wreck and tricks the men to help him with his boat.
In previous chapters, Huck refers to Tom Sawyer as a role model by asking himself,
“What would Tom Sawyer do?” Explain another role model presented in the chapter, as
well as the situation and significance around this reference.
Hucks role model is the widow. She is because she wanted to help others and that is what huck is doing with Jim.
Explain the pun in the last sentence of this chapter: “By the time I got there the sky was
beginning to get a little gray in the East; so we struck for an island, and hid the raft, and
sunk in the skiff, and turned in and slept like dead people.” (pg. 81)
They slept like dead people because of the setting of the quote. It describes a very zombie like setting and they sleep like dead people.
What is the purpose of chapter 14?
It shows how Huck and Jim are becoming closer ans shows how jim is more intelligent than assumed. Jim is very nice to Huck and mature.
In what way is Jim’s ignorance obvious through the course of the conversation?
Jim misinterprets soloman. He thinks that it is dumb for wanting to cut a child in half because he wouldn’t be any good.
Explain the significance of this chapter’s title, “Fooling Poor Old Jim.”
Huck makes jokes on jim that jim does not like. Jim asks Huck to stop because it scares him. Huck listens to him and stops the jokes
What does Huck do at the end of this chapter that was surprising in the historical and
social context of the book? Why is this a turning point for Huck and Jim’s friendship?
Huck apologizes to Jim about the joke he made on him. Huck does find this hard because Jim is black. It shows that their friendship is sincere and does not matter the color
What is the internal conflict developed in chapter 16?
Huck is contemplating whether he should say that he is with a black man, Jim. He considers doing so because he realizes he helped Jim escape and thinks about how Mrs. Watson did nothing wrong to him
How does Huck’s moral conflict reach a climax in chapter sixteen?
He realizes that it is wrong to turn over his friend like that
How does chapter 16 end?
They lose the canoe. They search for places to buy a new one. The raft gets hit by a steam boat, forcing them to dive in
Describe how the character of Buck Grangerford could be a foil to Huck Finn
Buck comes from a wealthy family and huck comes from a poor family with a drunk for a dad
What is the purpose of the long passages in the chapter describing the Grangerford
The house is elegant, and huck is in awe so he describes everything he sees
What is the author’s purpose in the lengthy passages about Emmeline Grangerford?
It is a poem about death and twain is criticizing American and European authors
Explain why chapter 18 creates a framework story in the novel
It’s a framework because it basically creates another story and you don’t need to know previous knowledge of the book
What does the author mean in the description of Colonel Grangerford in the following
“When he turned into a cloud-bank it was awful dark for half a minute, and
that was enough; there wouldn’t nothing go wrong again for a week.”
(pg. 110)
When he was serious he meant it, it only took him a little
In describing Buck’s attack on Harney and the Grangerford/Sheperdson feud, what social
point is Twain expressing?
He is showing how the upper class fights about things that are not important
What is ironic about the Grangerfords’ and Sheperdsons’ attending church?
The sermons topic was brotherly love which they don’t normally have
Explain how the first person point of view naturally omits a main character from the
majority of this chapter and the previous chapter? How does this affect the reader’s
interpretation of the novel?
Jim is gone and we forget about him because he is not mentioned in the first person pov
What event makes Huck want to leave the Grangerford property? When does he fi nally
feel safe again?
He wants to leave because huck sees many deaths. Huck doesn’t feel safe until they are on the raft
What effect does Twain achieve with the personification at the beginning of
chapter 19?
He is implying that everything is going ok by personifying that the days swam by
. Explain the intent of the imagery appealing to all five senses Twain uses as the
beginning of chapter 19.
Imagery of the surrounds of the raft-quiet, peaceful, relaxing, tranquil showing they feel free
Contrast Jim’s and Huck’s reactions to the duke and the king.
Huck figures out they are lying and doesn’t believe their claims that they are royalty while jim believes them
How does Twain again use weather to emphasize the mood and rising action of a
The approach of the storm is relevant to the duke coming and the fear
What is Twain suggesting by having the king and the duke pull their fi rst “con” at a
religious revival?
Twain is suggesting that religious people are easily fooled. He jokes about it He is saying they take advantage of the situation
How does Twain continue the lightened mood of chapter 20 in the last few lines?
Jim asks him to speak French and the king says that he has been gone so long that he forgot French
What solution to a complication of the plot is temporarily solved in the chapter?
They created a handbill with a big bounty for jim on it. If they get approached they can say they are returning this slave to its owner
Use evidence to explain how Twain characterizes the Arkansas townspeople
He characterizes them as lazy, boring, and simple people. They are also uncivilized people to twain
What is the author’s purpose in portraying the townspeople as he does?
His purpose is that he is saying it is ironic that they create a mob to kill someone that killed another man
. Why is Twain using the events involving the king and the duke to blur the lines between
the comic and the dramatic?
Huck discovers that they have no concern for anyone else and that their hurtful fall out where ever they go
What is ironic about Huck’s not understanding the stunt with the drunken horseman at
the circus? Why does Twain include this episode in chapter 22?
It is ironic because Huck has experienced with drunkenness and the man was pretending to be a drunk and he does not notice it
How does the chapter create a mild amount of suspense, leaving the reader with hope for the con artists?
It creates suspense because they say no women or children and they don’t appreciate actual theatre the towns people want
How is the “success” of the duke’s and king’s second advertised play Twain’s fi nal jab at
the town?
They play with such a success they don’t appreciate Shakespearean but want stupid humor
What effect does Twain create through the story of Jim’s deaf daughter?
Pathos, He told her to do something and she didn’t do it so he hit he. He realizes after he hit her that she is deaf so he feels bad
What epiphany does Huck have in this chapter that advances his inner conflict?
He realizes that Jim feels about his family the same way a white man feels about his family
How does Huck’s opinion of the king and duke contrast with his previous opinions?
They are going to pretend to be brothers of a dead man but this scam is despicable in Hucks eyes
What does the king’s conversation on the steamboat foreshadow?
It foreshadows the plan to scam the family
What is the primary source of suspense in chapter 25?
The suspense is if the king and the Duke are going to succeed with their plan or not
Why does Twain seem to always portray the con men’s victims as either greedy or
foolish themselves?
The other were foolish because they wanted dark comedy with their funeral talk. They are foolish people and can not cheat an honest man
How does the description of the house contribute to the characterization of the three
daughters? How are they different from the Grangerfords?
The wilkes are elegant and simple and are not as wealthy as grangerford
. What is the literal meaning of Huck’s expression, “I see I was up a stump?” (pg. 168)
Huck tried to continue to tell lies but the lady is beginning to realize it. Huck was stuck and didn’t know what to do for a moment
What narrative purpose does Huck’s eavesdropping on the conversation between the
king and the duke serve?
The purpose is to show how Huck is maturing and dealing with situations. Huck is becoming more and more of a man and not a boy
With what bit of dark humor does Twain begin chapter 27?
He hides the money in his coffin which is a very serious time. He also has a dog barking at a funeral and a funeral is supposed to be calm
How does Twain continue to question the morality of slavery in this chapter?
Huck says that he is surprised to find Jim is almost as concerned about his family as a white person is
How does chapter 28 illustrate growth on Huck’s part?
Huck is feeling sorry for Mary Jane so he comes out with the truth about the fraud. Huck is beginning to know what;s right and wrong
Explain the significance of Huck’s statement at the end of this chapter:
“I judged I had done it pretty neat—I reckoned Tom Sawyer couldn’t’a ‘done it
no neater himself. Of course he would ‘a’ throwed more style into it, but I can’t
do that very handy, not being brung up to it.” (pg. 187)
Huck compares himself to Tom sawyer. Huck is more organized and mature than tom is but tom is more stylish
What darkly comic elements does Twain use in this chapter 29?
To find out who the real wilk brother is they have to dig up a grave to check the tattoo. But the dresser of the body said there was no tattoo
How does the weather in the graveyard scene contribute to the mood?
The weather adds to the argument about the tattoo and they dig the body up in the lightning
How do Huck’s emotions range during the course of chapter 29?
Huck now dislikes the duke and the king. Huck is trying to expose them and he is worried they will find out
Explain how chapter 30 is the resolution of the Wilks framework story?
Huck makes up a story to explain his running away so the duke and king wont think he was disobeying them
The king and the duke make amends and indulge in drinks. What is Twain probably
suggesting by having these characters take to drinking?
That people who drink often in this book are bad characters and that they are greedy. For example pap
What single incident proves the king and the duke to be nearly as stupid as the
The king and the duke blame each other for the money and don’t think to blame other people
What does the king and duke’s selling Jim signify?
They sell jim out while pretending to be on his side. The men have no morals
How does this event advance Huck’s moral conflict?
His friend jim has been caught and escaped slavery and huck wants him back not as a slave but as a friend
What is the outcome of this conflict?
the duke tries to lie to huck about where jim is but huck is smarter than that so he heads toward Silas Phelps
. Part of Twain’s artistry is to attack something while not appearing to be attacking it.
Explain how he does this in this chapter
Twain is attacking slavery here. Jim is caught and he is also the most likeable character in the book
How does the setting contribute to the mood at the beginning of this chapter 32?
It is traditionally where slaves worked so it is a fitting setting for huck to get his friend
What white attitude of the time does Twain attack in Huck’s conversation with Aunt
Sally? What theme does this reinforce?
Aunt sally does not kill that a black man got killed and only cares if a white person got hurt.
How does Twain use coincidence to further his development of the character of Huck?
It is a coincidence that the people who bought jim are related to Tom. When huck shows up they believe him to be tom.
What is ironic about Tom Sawyer’s agreeing to help Huck free Jim?
The irony is that tom thinks it is wrong to do
Identify Aunt Sally’s malapropism in the dialogue that follows and explain how it
contributes humor to the scene:
“No—not impudent whelps, Sid. You ought to had your jaws boxed; I hain’t
been so put out since I don’t know when. But I don’t care, I don’t mind
the terms—I’d be willing to stand a thousand such jokes to have you here.
Well, to think of that performance! I don’t deny it, I was most purified with
astonishment when you give me that smack.” (pg. 219)
the malapropism is when sally uses the word purified rather than petrified
Why is the title, “The Pitiful Ending of Royalty,” significant to chapter 33?
Because it means that the king and the duke are leaving
Using evidence from chapter34, contrast Tom’s and Huck’s ideas of social morality.How does this contribute to the characterization of these two characters?
Huck has been battling if it was right or wrong to free jim while tom doesn’t
How does Twain add complications to the plot by having the boys accept Tom’s plan
rather than Huck’s?
Because toms is confusing and there is a good chance that it will not work out
How does the return of Tom to the story, Chapters 34 though 43 result in a change of
tone and mood?
His return to the story leads to hucks old thoughts and actions
Tom’s elaborate plans can be seen as merely a child’s imagination fi lled with incidents
from books. However, Twain makes a pointed attack in this planning. Where is it
It is directed toward tom. Tom cares little for jim and his plan can be dangerous especially for jim
What evidence does this chapter provide that the plan to release Jim is little more than a
game to Tom?
Tom doesn’t believe that freeing jim is the right thing to do and still thinks slaves are below him. Also this is just a big game for tom
Analyze the change in Huck’s character with the re-entry of Tom Sawyer into the story
Toms re entry to the story shows how much Huck has grown through out the story and how tom has stayed the same
What situations does Twain use to create a light-hearted mood in chapter 37?
The boys need to portray a great classical escape, They start to steal spoons and candlesticks, sheets and shirts, stuff they really didn’t need but captures their imagination.
Compare and contrast the character of Nat to Jim
Nat is one of the slaves on Silias Phelps farm that takes care of Jim and believes he is being haunted by witches Jim is also intelligent and ultimately more of an adult than anyone else in the book. Jim’s frequent acts of selflessness, his longing for his family, and his friendship with both Huck and Tom seperate him frome pretty much everycharacter in the book.
Analyze the relationship between Tom Sawyer and Jim.
Tom uses Jim as he plays his game. Jim is being treated like a slave and he is obeying
What is significant about Tom wanting Jim to have a snake in the cell with him?
Breaking Jim out is more of a game for tom and putting a snake in there would be cruel to Jim.
Explain Jim’s willingness to go along with Tom’s foolishness
Because Jim trusts Tom and goes along with tom’s foolish ways.
How does Twain begin to build the climax of Jim’s escape plan by using the element of
Tom writes a letter to the Phelps. Gunned men go into the house and storm the shed. We aren’t sure if huck tom and Jim will make it out alive
How has the entire episode of attempting to free Jim contributed to Twain’s theme of moral ambiguity?
Through out the time freeing Jim, you wonder if Tom is doing this for the right cause. Also his plan shows that he doesn’t care if he does more wrong to be able to do something right
Explain the verbal irony in Huck’s statement on page 260: “We was all glad as we could
be, but Tom was the gladdest of all because he had a bullet in the calf of his leg.”
Tom was glad that he got shot when this is a bad thing o happen. Tom is excited about it
What startling revelation does Huck come to regarding Jim?
That jims was always free
How does Twain create pathos in chapter 41?
Aunt sally waiting in silence for Sid to return
How does Twain continue to develop Huck’s character as a thoughtful, caring person?
Huck feels bad for aunt sally and wishes he could tell her ever
. In chapter 42, how does Twain explain Tom’s earlier willingness to aid in Jim’s escape?
Tom knows that miss Watson is dead and aware that Jim is a free man. Now he does not feel bad for helping Jim
How does Tom’s revealed knowledge of Miss Watson’s will complete the theme of moral
We didn’t know miss Watsons true intentions because she ended up freeing Jim in her will and regrets ever trying to sell him
How does the title of the chapter immediately appeal to the reader?
It makes the reader curious about what happened in the last chapters ending. Gets the reader to keep reading
How do the past conversations between Jim and Huck about hairy bodies being good
luck foreshadow the result of the last chapter?
the past conversations hint at Jim getting some luck. It makes you wonder what will happen next. Having a hairy body is a sign of wealth
Why did Jim keep the dead man’s identity a secret from Huck
He didn’t want to let huck know the dead man was pap. If he found out he might not have stayed with Jim
Throughout the story, the river represents peace, happiness, and freedom. The towns
represent rules, boredom, and sometimes cruelty and treachery. In the last paragraph of
the novel, which does Huck say is preferable? What is Twain’s purpose for this?
Huck knows the river is freedom and has learned many things along the way. Huck can’t conform to what he is supposed to do
What is Twain’s purpose in revealing in this last chapter that Jim has been a free man
through almost the entire timespan of the novel?
The entire journey of freeing Jim was pointless because he was already free. The adventure gave huck the chance to mature
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