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1. Explain how Huck Finn changes in the novel.
2. Discuss Huck’s relationship with Jim.
3. Compare and Contrast Tom’s and Huck’s characters.
4. Analyze Huck Finn as a novel of initiation.
5. What picture of society is given in the novel? Give specific examples of how Twain criticizes society.
6. Huck Finn deals with the issue of slavery. What was Twain’s opinion of it, as viewed through the novel.
7. Explain the purpose of the river in Huck Finn, mentioning Huck’s preference for the “raft” over the ‘shore”?
8. How does Twain hold the book together when it is a series of separate episodes?
COMMENT ON THE STUDY OF LITERATURE
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