The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Answer the following questions and keep in your notes:

1. Who is the narrator of this novel?

2. How would you describe this character:


3. Why is "Huckleberry" a good name for the novel's main character?


4. Does Huck Finn have a sense of humor?  Give an example from the first three chapters to support your answer.


5. Why would Mark Twain create a character who had no sense of humor?


6. What seems to be Huck's chief conflict at the beginning of the novel?


7. Why does Huck spell "sivilize" with an "s"?


8. How does Widow Douglas's concept of religion differ from Miss Watson's?


9. What makes Huck's fish hook story satirical?


10. How would you describe Pap?  What makes him an antagonist?


11. Does the new judge make the appropriate decision for Huck when he refuses "to take a child away from its father?


12. How does Huck prove in these chapters that he is adaptable?


13. How does Huck escape from Pap?  Is it a good plan?  Why?



14. As Huck executes his plan, he wishes that Tom Sawyer were with him to give the plan some "fancy touches."  What do you think would have happened if Tom had been involved in the escape?



15. Critic Albert Stone once said that the vernacular in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn "Strikes the ear with the freshness of a real boy talking out loud."  What did he mean?