The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
bitts– posts fixed to the deck of a ship for securing lines
plunder– stolen goods
scow– large flat-bottomed boat
1. How can we tell that, unlike the men, Huck values human life very highly? What else
does the conversation Huck has with the steamboat captain reveal about his character?
hawking– hunting with hawks
1. What does Huck read about in the books he gets from the steamboat?
2. What is your opinion of the conversation about:
a) King Solomon
b) French language
3. What can you infer has changed about the relationship between the two runaways?
snag– part that sticks out
1. Why are they trying to get to Cairo, Illinois?
2. How do Jim and Huck get separated?
3. Most readers, at first, think that Huck’s trick on Jim is funny. Why do they change
4. Since Huck feels bad about it, why does it take him fifteen minutes to apologize
5. What does this scene say to the reader about Huck and Jim’s relative humanity and
green– new; not yet experienced
1. When they think they are approaching Cairo, Jim becomes excited and happy; but
Huck becomes upset. Why?
2. What about Jim’s future plans further upsets Huck?
3. How would you describe the conflict Huck is feeling at this point? Find a quotation in
this chapter that depicts Huck’s conflicting feelings.
4. What does the confrontation between the slave hunters and Huck point out?
5. At the end of this chapter how are Jim and Huck again separated?
disposition– personality; temperament
pensive– deep in thought
1. Why are the Grangerfords so wary of strangers?
2. Although Huck does not see it as comic, what does the reader find humorous about
the titles of the dead girl’s pictures?
3. Why does one picture have eight arms, and what is Huck’s comment on this picture?
4. Critics claim that Twain is making fun of a type of poetry in the poem "Ode to Stephen
Dowling Bots, Dec’d." What type would that be?
5. What do neighbors say about Emmeline?
aristocracy– ruling class
bowie– hunting knife
decanters– glass containers for storing liquor
junketings– get-togethers; feasts
pommel– front of a saddle
puncheon– smoothed log
1. Buck describes to Huck what a feud is. How would you describe the tone
of that paragraph?
2. What disparaging remark about the Shepherdsons does Huck make that Buck takes
3. If, as critics claim, the author’s aim is to attack the tradition of feuding and that false
code of honor, why does Twain not make one of the families cowardly?
4. What is the allusion that is contained in the elopement of Sophia and Harney?
5. As with the conversation overheard on the boat, Huck is again traumatized and scarred
by violence. What scene does this to him in this chapter?
6. How does the reader know that this scene has made a profound impression
7 Why might Huck claim, "there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do
seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and
comfortable on a raft"?