Chapter 12 better let blame well alone 1 jim and huck

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Chapter 12: “Better Let Blame Well Alone” 1. Jim and Huck Finn have a discussion about theft. Huck tells us what Pap says about theft, as well as what the Widow Douglas says about it. Jim presents a third view. What are each of the three arguments? Who do you think is right, and why? 2. Remember that Transcendentalists are positive about the nature of mankind, and Anti- Transcendentalists are negative. Realists try to view life as it really is, which makes them pragmatic. What would a Transcendentalist, Anti-Transcendentalist, and Realist each say about theft? In other words, which character (either Pap, the Widow Douglas, or Jim) would a Transcendentalist, Anti-Transcendentalist, and Realist each say is representative of humankind? Chapter 13: Honest Loot from the “Walter Scott” 1. Mark Twain presents another ethical quandary, or challenge, in this chapter. What moral decision does Huck Finn have to make? Because Huck’s decision involves lying, what complications does this add to the ethics of the situation? Would you say that Huck does the right thing?
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Huck Finn Reading Guide Ms. Smith Chapter 14: Was Solomon Wise? 1. Conduct a quick Internet search on King Solomon. Who was he? 2. What is the beauty of Jim’s logic when he argues that Frenchmen should speak like Americans (that is to say, speak English rather than French)? We know that Jim’s reasoning is incorrect, but why does it make sense to a certain degree? Chapter 15: Fooling Poor Old Jim 1. What is the trick that Huck Finn plays on Jim? How does Huck feel afterwards? 2. Consider Anti-Transcendentalism and Realism. An Anti-Transcendentalist would argue that Huck Finn’s trick demonstrates the mean nature of the human race. A Realist would argue that Mark Twain is portraying a child doing what children do best: play jokes. Which do you think is the better analysis of this chapter, and why? Chapter 16: The Rattlesnake-skin Does Its Work 1. What is the significance of landing the raft at Cairo? 2. How does Huck Finn save Jim? When he reflects on his actions, what feelings does Huck struggle with and what does he conclude? Chapter 17: The Grangerfords Take Me In 1. When Huck Finn meets the Grangerford family, he finds a friend in Buck. Based on the first conversation that Huck has with Buck (“Where was Moses when the candle went out?” is the start of it), what is Buck’s character? 2. Emmeline Grangerford is the original Emo kid. What evidence from the chapter supports this statement? Chapter 18: Why Harney Rode Away for His Hat 1. What is the Grangerfords’ daily morning routine? What does this tell you about their family? How does it reflect Huck Finn’s description of Colonel Grangerford? 2. Why does Huck Finn rejoin Jim and continue rafting down the Mississippi River when he seemed to enjoy living with the Grangerfords? What happened to change his mind?
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Huck Finn Reading Guide Ms. Smith Chapter 19: The Duke and the Dauphin Come Aboard 1. According to the ever-wise Google, what is a duke and what is a dauphin? Are the two men who they really say they are? If not, who are they?
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