The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer - Reading Comprehension

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The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer - Reading Comprehension - Quiz

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.

    Correct Answer
    B. Tom convinces them that whitewashing the fence is fun.
    Explanation
    Tom convinces the other boys to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence for him by convincing them that the task is enjoyable. He manipulates their perception of the activity, making it seem like a fun and exciting task rather than a chore. By doing so, he successfully convinces the boys to willingly help him with the task without the need for threats, bribes, or pretending to have a broken arm.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. Tom and Huck discover that treasure is buried there.
    Explanation
    Tom and Huck discover that treasure is buried in the haunted house. This is evident from the fact that they find a hidden room with a box full of gold coins and other valuable items. The discovery of the treasure adds excitement and adventure to their story, as they plan to retrieve it later.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. Huck becomes very sick.
    Explanation
    While Tom and Becky are missing, Huck becomes very sick. This suggests that the stress and worry of their disappearance have taken a toll on Huck's health. It is common for individuals to experience physical symptoms when they are under extreme emotional distress, and Huck's sickness can be seen as a manifestation of his concern for his friends.

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  • 4. 

    What is the name of the island that Tom, Huck and Joe explore as pirates?

    Correct Answer
    Jackson's Island
    Jackson Island
    Jackson's
    Jackson
    Explanation
    Tom, Huck, and Joe explore an island as pirates, and the correct name of this island is Jackson's Island. This is evident from the options provided, where all variations of the name "Jackson's Island" are given as possible answers. The apostrophe in "Jackson's" indicates possession, suggesting that the island belongs to someone named Jackson. Therefore, the correct answer is Jackson's Island.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    D. Tom trades trinkets with other children in exchange for their tickets.
    Explanation
    Tom earns his Bible at church by trading trinkets with other children in exchange for their tickets.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. Becky throws a flower down to Tom.
    Explanation
    Becky throws a flower down to Tom as a small gesture to catch his attention. This action shows her interest in him and her willingness to engage in a playful and flirtatious manner. By throwing the flower, Becky is not only trying to get Tom's attention but also trying to create a connection and establish a relationship with him.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Captain Blood
    Explanation
    The name "Captain Blood" was NOT one of the pirate names assumed by Tom, Huck, and Joe.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. The boys return home to attend their own funerals.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the boys return home to attend their own funerals. This suggests that the people in their town believed them to be dead and held funerals for them. The boys then surprise everyone by showing up at their own funerals, indicating that they were able to successfully hide their survival and return home without anyone knowing.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. Huck has complete freedom.
    Explanation
    The reason why all the boys envy Huck Finn is because he has complete freedom. This means that he is not bound by any rules or restrictions, allowing him to do whatever he pleases without any limitations. This freedom is highly desirable to the other boys, who may feel constrained by societal norms and expectations. Huck's ability to live life on his own terms and make his own decisions is seen as an enviable trait.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. A dead cat
    Explanation
    Tom and Huck take a dead cat to the cemetery with them. The reason for this could be that they are engaging in a superstitious ritual or a prank. In many cultures, dead animals are believed to possess certain powers or bring luck. Additionally, children often engage in playful and mischievous activities, and taking a dead cat to a cemetery could be seen as a daring and adventurous act.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    D. Tom returns to his house and overhears Aunt Polly talking about it.
    Explanation
    In the given options, the correct answer is that Tom returns to his house and overhears Aunt Polly talking about it. This means that Tom discovers that the town thinks they have drowned by eavesdropping on his Aunt Polly's conversation.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. In McDougal's cave
    Explanation
    Tom and Becky get lost in McDougal's cave. This is the correct answer because in the given options, McDougal's cave is the only location mentioned where they could potentially get lost. The other options, such as an island in the Mississippi, Widow Douglas' attic, and an abandoned house, do not provide any information about Tom and Becky getting lost. Therefore, McDougal's cave is the most logical choice based on the information provided.

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  • 13. 

    What is the approximate value of Injun Joe's treasure?

    • A.

      $1,000

    • B.

      $12,000

    • C.

      $500

    • D.

      $2,000,000

    Correct Answer
    B. $12,000
    Explanation
    The approximate value of Injun Joe's treasure is $12,000.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Join Tom's band of robbers
    Explanation
    Huck agrees to join Tom's band of robbers in order to become civilized and live with Widow Douglas. This suggests that Huck sees joining the band as a way to fit into society and gain acceptance from the widow. It also implies that Huck is willing to engage in questionable activities in order to achieve his goal of living with Widow Douglas.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Huck Finn
    Explanation
    In this quote, the speaker is expressing their frustration with the strict and rigid routine that they have to follow. The use of the word "awful" suggests that they find this routine to be unpleasant or burdensome. Based on this, we can infer that the speaker is someone who values freedom and dislikes being controlled by strict rules. Among the given options, Huck Finn is the most likely candidate as he is known for his rebellious nature and desire for independence.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Tom Sawyer
    Explanation
    In this quote, the speaker is expressing disbelief or disagreement with a certain situation, stating that it doesn't match what is written in a book. The mention of "the book" suggests that the speaker is someone who often refers to literature and relies on it as a source of knowledge or guidance. Among the given options, Tom Sawyer is the most likely candidate as he is known for his adventurous nature and imagination, often drawing inspiration from books and creating his own stories.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. A brass door knob
    Explanation
    Tom gives Becky a brass door knob as a gift at school.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. A piece of cake
    Explanation
    Tom shares a piece of cake with Becky in the cave.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. A lightening bolt to come from the sky.
    Explanation
    Tom and Huck expect a lightning bolt to come from the sky when Injun Joe frames Muff Potter for murder. This suggests that they believe in some sort of divine intervention or punishment for Injun Joe's wrongdoing. They may think that a lightning bolt would be a clear sign of justice being served and that it would expose Injun Joe's guilt. This expectation shows their belief in supernatural forces and their hope for Muff Potter's innocence to be proven.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. Amy Lawrence
    Explanation
    Before Becky Thatcher, Tom was engaged to Amy Lawrence.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. To cure warts
    Explanation
    Tom and Huck sneak into the graveyard at midnight to cure warts. This suggests that they believe in a superstition or folklore that involves going to a graveyard at a specific time to cure warts. It implies that they are willing to take risks and engage in unconventional methods to find a solution for their problem.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. He flees out the window
    Explanation
    After Tom testifies against him, Injun Joe chooses to escape by fleeing out the window. This implies that he is trying to avoid getting caught or facing the consequences of his actions. Fleeing out the window suggests a sense of urgency and desperation, indicating that Injun Joe does not want to be apprehended by the authorities.

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  • 23. 

    What is the name of Tom's half-brother?

    Correct Answer
    Sid
    Explanation
    The question asks for the name of Tom's half-brother, and the given answer is "Sid." This suggests that Sid is the correct name of Tom's half-brother.

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  • 24. 

    What animal does Huck imitate outside of Tom's window at night in order to get his attention?

    Correct Answer
    cat
    Explanation
    Huck imitates a cat outside of Tom's window at night to get his attention.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Joe Harper
    Explanation
    Joe Harper is the first of the boys to suggest abandoning the pirating expedition. This can be inferred from the given options, where Joe Harper is the only name mentioned. Since the question asks for the first person to suggest abandoning the expedition, we can conclude that Joe Harper is the correct answer.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Huck has not been invited
    Explanation
    Huck does not go on Becky's picnic because he has not been invited.

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  • 27. 

    What day of the week do Tom and Huck decide is bad luck to dig for buried treasure?

    Correct Answer
    Friday
    Explanation
    Tom and Huck decide that Friday is bad luck to dig for buried treasure. This implies that they believe that attempting to find treasure on a Friday will result in negative outcomes or bad luck. The reason behind this belief is not provided in the given information.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. They get sick
    Explanation
    When Tom and Joe learn to smoke, they are likely to get sick. Smoking can have negative effects on one's health, especially for those who are not accustomed to it. Inhaling smoke can lead to respiratory problems, coughing, nausea, and other symptoms of illness. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that Tom and Joe would experience these negative consequences after learning to smoke.

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  • 29. 

    Who decides to have McDougal's Cave bolted shut?

    • A.

      Judge Thatcher

    • B.

      Mrs. Harper

    • C.

      Injun Joe

    • D.

      Widow Douglas

    Correct Answer
    A. Judge Thatcher
    Explanation
    Judge Thatcher decides to have McDougal's Cave bolted shut.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. It will be invested for the boys
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "It will be invested for the boys". This suggests that Huck and Tom will use the treasure to secure their future and financial stability. Instead of spending it immediately or donating it, they plan to invest it, indicating a responsible and long-term approach to managing their newfound wealth.

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  • 31. 

    Who is the only person to hug Huck when the three boys return for the funeral?

    Correct Answer
    Aunt Polly
    Tom's Aunt
    Ant Polly
    Polly
    aunt
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Aunt Polly. Aunt Polly is the only person who hugs Huck when the three boys return for the funeral.

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  • 32. 

    Whom does Tom encounter in the cave?

    Correct Answer
    Injun Joe
    Joe
    the indian
    indian joe
    Explanation
    Tom encounters Injun Joe in the cave.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. The staircase begins to crumble
    Explanation
    Injun Joe is kept from finding Tom and Huck hidden upstairs in the haunted house because the staircase begins to crumble. This causes him to lose his footing and prevents him from reaching the boys.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. Her husband once punished and humiliated him.
    Explanation
    Injun Joe wants revenge on the Widow Douglas because her husband once punished and humiliated him. This suggests that Injun Joe holds a grudge against the Widow Douglas due to the past actions of her husband. This motive for revenge is likely driven by a desire for justice or to regain his honor after being publicly humiliated.

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  • 35. 

    Whom does Tom suspect of spilling ink on his spelling book?  

    • A.

      Becky Thatcher

    • B.

      Huck Finn

    • C.

      Alfred Temple

    • D.

      Himself

    Correct Answer
    D. Himself
    Explanation
    Tom suspects himself of spilling ink on his spelling book. This is likely because he may have accidentally spilled the ink and is blaming himself for the mistake.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Injun Joe's ghost
    Explanation
    Huck is most afraid of encountering Injun Joe's ghost when he and Tom return to the cave to find the treasure. This fear stems from the fact that Injun Joe is a dangerous and vengeful character who had previously tried to kill them. The ghostly presence of Injun Joe would symbolize a haunting reminder of the danger and violence they had experienced, making it a terrifying prospect for Huck.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Whiskey and Injun Joe
  • 38. 

    Who overhears Injun Joe plotting outside the Widow Douglas' house?

    Correct Answer
    Huck
    Huck Finn
    Huckleberry Finn
    Finn
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Huck, Huckleberry Finn. In the novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain, Huck Finn overhears Injun Joe plotting outside the Widow Douglas' house.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Aunt Polly
    Explanation
    Aunt Polly says the given statement. She mentions that she will make him work tomorrow to punish him for playing hooky this evening. She also talks about how it is difficult to make him work on Saturdays when all the boys are having a holiday, but she feels obligated to do her duty by him. This suggests that Aunt Polly is responsible for the child's upbringing and discipline.

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  • 40. 

    How many miles do Tom and Becky end up traveling in the cave?

    Correct Answer
    five
    5
    Explanation
    Tom and Becky end up traveling a total distance of five miles in the cave. This is indicated by both the word "five" and the numeral "5" provided as the answer options. Both options convey the same value, confirming that the correct answer is indeed five miles.

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  • 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."

    Correct Answer
    Tom
    Tom Sawyer
    Explanation
    The given passage is a quote from Tom or Tom Sawyer. It describes the activities of pirates, including taking ships, burning them, burying money in hidden places on their island, and killing everyone on board. It also mentions that pirates do not kill women because they are considered too noble, and that the women are always beautiful. This quote is characteristic of Tom or Tom Sawyer's adventurous and imaginative nature, as he often engages in make-believe games and stories.

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  • 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.'"

    Correct Answer
    Huck
    Huck Finn
    Huckleberry
    Huckleberry Finn
    Finn
    Explanation
    The character who says the given quote is Huck Finn. He is describing how he gets along with someone because he treats them as an equal and even eats with them.

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  • 43. 

    Who says the following:"'Damn her, maybe she's got company--there's lights, late as it is.'"

    Correct Answer
    Injun Joe
    Joe
    Explanation
    The character who says the quote "'Damn her, maybe she's got company--there's lights, late as it is'" is Injun Joe. The use of the words "Injun" indicates that the character is likely of Native American descent. The quote suggests that Injun Joe is frustrated and possibly angry about someone being present with lights on at a late hour.

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  • 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."

    Correct Answer
    Muff
    Muff Potter
    Potter
    Muf
    Muf Potter
    Explanation
    The character who says the given statement is Muff Potter. The statement suggests that Muff Potter is regretful and claims that he didn't know what he was doing. He attributes his actions to the influence of whisky and the excitement of the situation.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Bats
    Explanation
    Tom and Becky come across bats in the cave that frighten them from returning the same way they came. Bats are known to be nocturnal creatures that often inhabit dark and secluded places like caves. They have a distinct appearance and can fly in large numbers, which can be intimidating and frightening to encounter in a confined space like a cave. The sudden presence of bats may have startled Tom and Becky, causing them to fear for their safety and decide against going back the same way they came.

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  • 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..."

    Correct Answer
    Mrs. Harper
    Joe's mom
    Joe Harper's mom
    Joe's mother
    Joe Harper's mother
    Explanation
    The person who says the quote is referred to as "Mrs. Harper," "Joe's mom," "Joe Harper's mom," "Joe's mother," and "Joe Harper's mother."

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