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2. Conduct a quick Internet search on the Oracle of Delphi. What is an oracle and what does an oracle do? Now re-read the prophecy that Jim gives as the Hair-ball Oracle. How might this prophecy be realized by the end of the novel?
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Huck Finn Reading Guide Ms. Smith Chapter 5: Pap Starts in on a New Life 1. Please revise your initial evaluation of Huck Finn and Pap’s relationship. How does Pap treat Huck Finn, and why? How does Huck Finn respond, and why? 2. What is the conflict between Pap, Judge Thatcher, the Widow Douglas, and the new judge? How is this conflict resolved? Chapter 6: Pap Struggles with the Death Angel 1. In a drunken stupor, Pap calls Huck Finn the Angel of Death and attacks him. You, however, might recall Jim’s prophecy as the Hair-ball Oracle. What do the two angels on Pap’s shoulders symbolize? 2. By the middle of the chapter, Huck Finn is adamant that he will escape from Pap. Earlier, however, he mentions that he had been staying with Pap for “two months or more.” Why does it take so long for Huck to decide to escape? Chapter 7: I Fool Pap and Get Away 1. As Huck Finn begins to fake his death, he comments that he wishes Tom Sawyer were there to “throw in the fancy touches,” a comment that you will see Huck make over and over again during his journey. Considering the situation, ask yourself WWTSD: What Would Tom Sawyer Do? Chapter 8: I Spare Miss Watson’s Jim 1. What are the results of Huck Finn’s scheme? 2. Build on your understanding of Jim’s characterization. In this chapter we learn that Jim has run away because Miss Watson was selling him down the river. What are Jim’s motivations for running away, and what can we can conclude about his character? Chapter 9: The House of Death Floats By 1. What do Huck Finn and Jim find in the house that washed into the Mississippi River and floats past their island? Who do you suppose the corpse might be? 2. Why does Huck Finn ask Jim to cover up with a blanket in the canoe?
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Huck Finn Reading Guide Ms. Smith Chapter 10: What Comes of Handlin’ Snake-skin 1. Huck Finn says that he’d “druther been bit with a snake than pap’s whisky.” Unpack this sentence. What does Huck Finn actually mean? 2. In this chapter, Huck Finn continues channeling Tom Sawyer. What does Huck do that his best friend would praise as being high style? Chapter 11: They’re After Us! 1. We get to see Huck Finn in his first disguise as well as attempting to lie. Through this scene, Mark Twain develops a new character: Mrs. Judith Loftus. Who is Mrs. Loftus? How does Mark Twain develop her character? Consider her physical description, her actions, and how she interacts with Huck. What kind of woman is she? 2. We also get to know Huck Finn a little better. What notes can you add to his characterization now that you’ve seen him lie? Is Huck successful? What does he think about his ability to lie?
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