The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer - Reading Comprehension

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The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer - Reading Comprehension

This quiz is designed to assess student comprehension of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How does Tom convince other boys to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence for him?
    • A. 

      Tom threatens to beat them up if they don't help him.

    • B. 

      Tom convinces them that whitewashing the fence is fun.

    • C. 

      Tom bribes the boys by promising them trinkets when they finish.

    • D. 

      Tom pretends to have a broken arm and asks for help.

  • 2. 
    What do Tom and Huck discover in the haunted house?
    • A. 

      Tom and Huck discover that there really are ghosts living there.

    • B. 

      Tom and Huck discover that Dr. Robinson isn't really dead.

    • C. 

      Tom and Huck discover that treasure is buried there.

    • D. 

      Tom and Huck discover that Injun Joe is planning revenge against Tom.

  • 3. 
    What happens to Huck while Tom and Becky are missing?
    • A. 

      Huck becomes very sick.

    • B. 

      Huck runs away.

    • C. 

      Huck organizes a search party for them.

    • D. 

      Huck is kidnapped by Injun Joe and the Spaniard.

  • 4. 
    What is the name of the island that Tom, Huck and Joe explore as pirates?
  • 5. 
    How does Tom earn his Bible at church?
    • A. 

      Judge Thatcher gives him a Bible as a reward for protecting his daughter.

    • B. 

      Tom is able to recall the names of the first two disciples.

    • C. 

      Tom has memorized more Bible verses than any other children in Sunday School.

    • D. 

      Tom trades trinkets with other children in exchange for their tickets.

  • 6. 
    What small gesture does Becky make early on in the story to encourage Tom's attention?
    • A. 

      Becky invites Tom to meet her parents.

    • B. 

      Becky blows kisses at Tom.

    • C. 

      Becky throws a flower down to Tom.

    • D. 

      Becky teases other girls around Tom and acts silly.

  • 7. 
    Which name below was NOT one of the pirate names assumed by Tom, Huck and Joe?
    • A. 

      Terror of the Seas

    • B. 

      Captain Blood

    • C. 

      Black Avenger of the Spanish Main

    • D. 

      Red-Handed

  • 8. 
    When do Tom, Huck and Joe reappear home after their pirating adventures on the island?
    • A. 

      During the storm, they left to seek shelter at their homes.

    • B. 

      The boys return home to attend their own funerals.

    • C. 

      At Sunday mass the boys appear to surprise everyone.

    • D. 

      The boys show up at Muff Potter's trial.

  • 9. 
    All the boys envy Huck Finn because....
    • A. 

      Huck has the attentions of Becky Thatcher.

    • B. 

      Huck's father is the town sheriff.

    • C. 

      Huck has complete freedom.

    • D. 

      Huck doesn't live in a house.

  • 10. 
    What do Tom and Huck take to the cemetery with them?
    • A. 

      A dead cat

    • B. 

      Marbles

    • C. 

      Spunk-water

    • D. 

      A kitten with one eye

  • 11. 
    How do the boys discover that the town thinks they have drowned?
    • A. 

      A stranger tells them when they come back home.

    • B. 

      The boys read about it in the local newspaper.

    • C. 

      Huck overhears passengers talking about it on the steamboat that passes by the island.

    • D. 

      Tom returns to his house and overhears Aunt Polly talking about it.

  • 12. 
    Where do Tom and Becky get lost?
    • A. 

      In McDougal's cave

    • B. 

      On an island in the Mississippi

    • C. 

      In Widow Douglas' attic

    • D. 

      In an abandoned house

  • 13. 
    What is the approximate value of Injun Joe's treasure?
    • A. 

      $1,000

    • B. 

      $12,000

    • C. 

      $500

    • D. 

      $2,000,000

  • 14. 
    Huck agrees to become civilized and live with Widow Douglas if he can...
    • A. 

      Join Tom's band of robbers

    • B. 

      Spend the money however he chooses

    • C. 

      Bring his father with him

    • D. 

      Avoid going to school

  • 15. 
    Who says the following: "The widder eats by a bell; she goes to bed by a bell; she gets up by a bell - everyting’s so awful reg’lar a body can’t stand it.”
    • A. 

      Aunt Polly

    • B. 

      Injun Joe

    • C. 

      Tom Sawyer

    • D. 

      Huck Finn

  • 16. 
    Who says the following: “Why that ain’t anything. I can’t fall; that ain’t the way it is in the book. The book says…”
    • A. 

      Tom Sawyer

    • B. 

      Huck Finn

    • C. 

      Joe Harper

    • D. 

      Becky Thatcher

  • 17. 
    What gift does Tom give to Becky at school?
    • A. 

      An entire bag of marbles

    • B. 

      A beautiful ribbon for her hair

    • C. 

      A piece of chewing gum

    • D. 

      A brass door knob

  • 18. 
    What does Tom share with Becky in the cave?
    • A. 

      A piece of chewing gum

    • B. 

      A handful of nuts

    • C. 

      An apple

    • D. 

      A piece of cake

  • 19. 
    When Injun Joe frames Muff Potter for murder, what do Tom and Huck expect to happen?
    • A. 

      Muff Potter to turn around and accuse Injun Joe of the murder.

    • B. 

      Ghosts to rise from the grave.

    • C. 

      A lightening bolt to come from the sky.

    • D. 

      Aunt Polly to begin crying.

  • 20. 
    Before Becky Thatcher, to whom was Tom engaged?
    • A. 

      Susy Harper

    • B. 

      Mary Thompkins

    • C. 

      Amy Lawrence

    • D. 

      Tom was not engaged to anyone.

  • 21. 
    Why do Tom and Huck sneak into the graveyard at midnight?
    • A. 

      To cure warts

    • B. 

      To dig for buried treasure

    • C. 

      To seek out witches

    • D. 

      To kill a cat

  • 22. 
    What does Injun Joe do after Tom testifies against him?
    • A. 

      He denies his guilt

    • B. 

      He flees out the window

    • C. 

      He terrorizes the boys

    • D. 

      He kills Muff Potter

  • 23. 
    What is the name of Tom's half-brother?
  • 24. 
    What animal does Huck imitate outside of Tom's window at night in order to get his attention?
  • 25. 
    Who is the first of the boys to suggest abandoning the pirating expedition?
    • A. 

      Tom Sawyer

    • B. 

      Huck Finn

    • C. 

      Ben Rogers

    • D. 

      Joe Harper

  • 26. 
    Why does Huck NOT go on Becky's picnic?
    • A. 

      Huck has promised to keep watch for Injun Joe

    • B. 

      Huck has not been invited

    • C. 

      Huck cannot stand girls

    • D. 

      Huck is afraid of boats

  • 27. 
    What day of the week do Tom and Huck decide is bad luck to dig for buried treasure?
  • 28. 
    What happens when Tom and Joe learn to smoke?
    • A. 

      They win Huck's friendship

    • B. 

      They get a whipping from Aunt Polly

    • C. 

      They are expelled from Sunday school

    • D. 

      They get sick

  • 29. 
    Who decides to have McDougal's Cave bolted shut?
    • A. 

      Judge Thatcher

    • B. 

      Mrs. Harper

    • C. 

      Injun Joe

    • D. 

      Widow Douglas

  • 30. 
    What will become of the treasure Huck and Tom find?
    • A. 

      It will be returned to the rightful owners

    • B. 

      It will be spent on a memorial for Injun Joe

    • C. 

      It will be invested for the boys

    • D. 

      It will be donated to the Sunday school

  • 31. 
    Who is the only person to hug Huck when the three boys return for the funeral?
  • 32. 
    Whom does Tom encounter in the cave?
  • 33. 
    What keeps Injun Joe from finding Tom and Huck hidden upstairs in the haunted house?
    • A. 

      They jump out the window

    • B. 

      A noise frightens Injun Joe away

    • C. 

      The staircase begins to crumble

    • D. 

      The treasure distracts him

  • 34. 
    Why does Injun Joe want revenge on the Widow Douglas?
    • A. 

      Her husband once punished and humiliated him.

    • B. 

      She never returned his affections when they were younger.

    • C. 

      She made a racist comment about Native Americans.

    • D. 

      She will not give him any ice cream.

  • 35. 
    Whom does Tom suspect of spilling ink on his spelling book?  
    • A. 

      Becky Thatcher

    • B. 

      Huck Finn

    • C. 

      Alfred Temple

    • D. 

      Himself

  • 36. 
    What is Huck most afraid of when he and Tom return to the cave to find the treasure?
    • A. 

      Injun Joe's ghost

    • B. 

      Being locked in

    • C. 

      Bats

    • D. 

      A band of robbers

  • 37. 
    What does Tom find behind door No. 2 at the Temperance Tavern?  
    • A. 

      Milk and cookies

    • B. 

      Whiskey and Injun Joe

    • C. 

      Treasure

    • D. 

      A dead cat

  • 38. 
    Who overhears Injun Joe plotting outside the Widow Douglas' house?
  • 39. 
    Who says the following:"He'll play hooky this evening, and I'll just be obleeged to make him work tomorrow to punish him. It's mighty hard to make him work Saturdays when all the boys is having holiday, but he hates work more than he hates anything else, and I've GOT to do some of my duty by him, or I'll be the ruination of the child."
    • A. 

      Widow Douglas

    • B. 

      Aunt Polly

    • C. 

      Mrs. Harper

    • D. 

      Mr. Dobbins

  • 40. 
    How many miles do Tom and Becky end up traveling in the cave?
  • 41. 
    Who says the following:"Oh, they just have a bully time - take ships, and burn them, and get the money and bury it in awful places in their island where there's ghosts and things to watch, it, and kill everybody in the ships - make 'em walk a plank. they don't kill the women - they're too noble. And the women's always beautiful, too."
  • 42. 
    Who says the following:"'He likes me, becuz I don't ever act as if I was above him. Sometimes I've set right down and eat with him. But you needn't tell that.'"
  • 43. 
    Who says the following:"'Damn her, maybe she's got company--there's lights, late as it is.'"
  • 44. 
    Who says the following:"O, I didn't know what I was doing. I wish I may die this minute if I did. It was all on account of the whisky; and the excitement, I reckon."
  • 45. 
    What do Tom and Becky come across in the cave that frighten them from returning the same way they came?
    • A. 

      Snakes

    • B. 

      Scorpions

    • C. 

      A dead body

    • D. 

      Bats

  • 46. 
    Who says the following:"It was just so with my Joe - always full of his devilment, and up to every kind of mischief, but he was just a sunselfish and kind as he could be - and laws bless me, to think I went and whipped him for taking that cream, never once recollecting that I throwed it out myself becuase it was sour..."