Daniel Mesick, Principal
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2. Does Huck Finnpresent a realistic portrayal of slave life? Why or why not?
3. How did Jim maintain his pride, dignity, and integrity despitebeing enslaved? How did he resist slavery?
4. What does freedom mean to Jim? to Huck?
5. Why does Huck do what Tom says all the time? Whatelements contribute to Tom’s authority?
6. What aspects of Huck’s character make him a goodnarrator? What difficulties ar there for the reader in having Huck as narrator?
7. Discuss the role of women in Huck Finn. How are theyportrayed, individually and as a group? Are they seen as better, worse, orabout the same as men in the moral scheme of the novel?
8. Critics generally agree that the most disappointingaspect of Huck Finn is the ending, which returns to Tom Sawyer’s pranks fromthe first part of the book, and virtually ignores the fact that Huck haschanged and matured during the course of the novel. Discuss your point of vieweither attacking or supporting the appropriatenss of the ending. List argumentson both sides.
9. Discuss Twain’s attitude towar religion with specificexamples.
10. How does Twain satire small-town life? What aspects doeshe make fun of? Any he doesn’t make fun of?
11. Huck Finn is often referred to as a buldingsroman whichis a term for a novel that focus on a character that goes through some type of growthor transformation. Discuss how Huck Finn fits this description.
12. How believable is the “dues ex machine” ending of thestory (literally God in the machine) a term that refers to things ‘magically’working out?
13. In the end of the novel, why does Huck rejectcivilization?
14. What would have been possible “better” endings for thenovel?
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