Huck Finn Chapters 1-3 1.) What is a major theme that runs through chapters 1- 3? Explain this theme by citing details from the chapters. 2.) Why do Huck’s feelings toward Tom Sawyer change from chapter 1 to chapter 3? Explain the effect on their relationship by citing details from the novel. 3.) Evaluate Tom’s decision to play a trick on Jim. In addition, include Huck’s opinion on Tom’s decision to play the trick. Huck Finn chapters 4-6 1.) Why do you infer Huck wanted to give all his money to Judge Thatcher? What does this mean about Huck and his relationships with others? 2.) What literary insights can you take from Twain's description of Pap (physical, etc.)? 3.) What is Twain's purpose for including the temperance scene including the new judge? Explain using details from the chapters and your ideas. 4.) What conclusions can you draw about issues in this novel based on Pap's ranting in chapter 6? What do his rants show about Twain's purpose in writing this satire? Huck Finn chapters 7-9 1.) Make several predictions about Jim's future as a runaway slave and monetary value using details from chapters 1-9 to support logical predictions. 2.) Mark Twain creates a specific mood when Huck is on the river as contrasted to on land. Describe both moods using details from the novel to support you. 3.) Evaluate Huck and Jim's decisions relative to their geography. Consider their distance from town in Missouri and the shore in Illinois as your form an opinion about their decisions to build fires, hunt, stay on the island, leave the island, etc. Huck Finn chapters 10-12 1.) Summarize what Pap has been doing since Huck’s murder then make a thoughtful prediction about how the Pap situation will be resolved. Base your prediction on details that have occurred in previous chapters. 2.) Analyze several foolish and/or careless actions taken by Jim and/or Huck during these chapters. What are the actions, and what does each action reveal about the character who commits it. 3.) Choose one author’s purpose question to answer fully: a. What seems to be the purpose Jim serves in the story? Include details that help characterize him and his interactions with Huckleberry. b. What seems to be the purpose of encountering the wreck? Include details from the novel that make this scene worthwhile. Huck Finn chapters 13-15 1.) Explain how "logic versus knowledge” is a theme throughout chapter 14 “Was Solomon Wise?” by citing several situations where logic is or is not used by a character. 2.) What do Huck's actions in chapter 13 “Honest Loot From the Walter Scott” show about his character? In what ways is he changing and/or staying the same? 3.) Evaluate their plan to go north including text- based details about how it does/doesn't work and why. What is your opinion of this plan? Huck Finn chapters 16-18 1.) In what ways are morality and loyalty themes in chapter 16 “The Rattlesnake Skin Does Its Work”? 2.) How does Twain characterize the first nuclear family we meet in this novel? 3.) What is Twain’s purpose for including the Grangerfords in this novel? What is he satirizing? Huck Finn chapters 19-21 1.) What purposes do the Duke and Dauphin serve in this novel? Consider their interactions with Jim and Huck, with townspeople, with each other. Seuss time! Huck Finn chapters 22-24 1.) How is revenge a theme in chapter 22 “Why the lynching bee failed”? Fully explain your answer. 2.) Contrast Huck's discussion/explanation of kings to what he should have told Jim if he had accurate knowledge. Why is this scene important to the novel? 3.) What scam makes Huck embarrassed to be a human (prefer to be a sub-human slave)? Draw a conclusion about Huck's morals as you explain this scam. Huck Finn chapters 25-27 1.) Summarize the mistakes the king makes that should reveal his fraud and how it finally is revealed. 2.) What makes Huck decide he has to give back the money, and how does he keep it safe from the king and duke? 3.) Draw a conclusion about Huck's growth as a character. What improvements has he made through the novel, and how do his changes connect with some of Twain's purposes? Huck Finn chapters 28-30 1.) Explain how truth is a major theme in these chapters, and discuss its changing value in this novel. 2.) Compare and contrast the real Wilks brothers with the frauds. Differences will be simpler, but getting in depth similarities may be trickier. 3.) What does the scene in the hotel mock? Why? What is the author’s purpose behind these shenanigans? Huck Finn chapters 31-33 1.) Summarize what happened to Jim and explain Huck’s concerns about it. 2.) What makes the Phelps’ home so welcoming and comfortable? (Cause and effect) 3.) Evaluate (give your opinion) Huck’s feelings about conscience and explain why he feels this way. Huck Finn chapters 34-36 1.) “So it was—I noticed it. Well, it does beat all that I never thought about a dog not eating watermelon. It shows how a body can see and don’t see at the same time” (Twain 226-227). How does this quote demonstrate a main theme that runs through the whole novel by choosing a theme and citing several times it is reinforced throughout the novel. 2.) Contrast Huck’s plan for retrieving Jim with Tom Sawyer’s plan (feel free to include their adaptations to the original plan). What do these differences show about the two boys? 3.) What is the author’s purpose for bringing up superstition again? What might his point be? Cite details from these three chapters to support your answer. Huck Finn chapters 37-39 1.) Predict how Jim’s escape will/won’t go in the following chapters based on several details from these. 2.) What are some effects on this family caused by their hosting “Tom and Syd Sawyer.” Include multiple details from these three chapters in your answer. 3.) The author’s purpose is to mock something. What is Twain mocking through these chapters on Jim’s imprisonment? Include several details to support your answer. Huck Finn Chapters 40-43 Remember- quality explanations need quantity of details 10:35 1.) Summarize the events of how “who is who” is discovered and truth is told. 2.) Analyze the events surrounding Jim’s capture and Jim’s new estimated value. Include other characters’ opinions of him in your answer. 3.) Do you believe Huck when he says he might go west? Explain why or why not by citing details from the novel. If you enjoy having in-class work time, do NOT abuse the time by socializing.
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