The Collector Essay

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Mr. O’Brien Homework Assignments for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Respond to each of the following questions in complete sentences -- STAPLE your response pages together and correctly mark the number and date of your submission.) Chapters 1-3 1. You will become acquainted with Huck and 'Tom rapidly in this book, but you will learn far more about Huck Finn, who tells the story. Because Huck has not lived the normal family life of St. Petersburg, he looks at conventional (accepted) customs and beliefs from a fresh and often hilarious viewpoint. How does his reaction to each of the following show his unconventional attitude? (a) grace before meals, (b) the story of Moses and the Bulrushers (What word has he misunderstood?), (c) Miss Watson's description of heaven. 2. If you have read stories such as "The Lady of the Lake,'' by Sir Walter Scott, or Don Quixote, by Cervantes, you know that 'Tom gets some of the ideas for his gang from books like these. Why does 'Tom say, "Do you want to go to doing different from what's in the books, and get things all muddled up?" What do the boys think the word ransomed means? What was particularly funny to you about the boys' plotting? 3. Huck "had a long think" about (a) what Miss Watson has told him about getting what he prayed for, and (b) what Tom Sawyer has told him about genies and their power. How does he test the truth of both these ideas? How does his attitude differ from Tom Sawyer's? 4. You find out about many characters in these first three chapters. Though Pap Finn is only mentioned, what do you learn about him? Who is Jim? Why does Jim think the witches have bewitched him? Contrast the Widow Douglas with Miss Watson. With which one would you prefer to make your home? Why? 5. The Novelist at Work: Foreshadowing - In Chapter 1, Mark 'Twain gives the reader some hints about the

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