3 consider all of the things that tom sawyer asks jim

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3. Consider all of the things that Tom Sawyer asks Jim to do before helping him escape, when all Jim needs to do is lift the end of his bed. Evaluate Jim’s character. What does it mean that he follows Tom Sawyer’s instructions and therefore delays his freedom? Chapter 38: “Here a Captive Heart Busted” 1. What is the one task that Tom Sawyer wants Jim to accomplish but which Jim refuses? Why does he refuse? (Think about events that happened earlier in the novel.) 2. What is the symbolic significance of Jim re-chaining himself to the bed? Chapter 39: Tom Writes Nonnamous Letters 1. What are the final preparations that Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer make for Jim’s escape, and what do these preparations suggest about Tom Sawyer’s motives for helping Jim? Chapter 40: A Mixed-up and Splendid Rescue 1. What goes wrong with Jim’s escape? Think about Mark Twain’s notice and the picaresque genre. What is the authorial intent for having Jim’s escape fail? 2. Tom Sawyer doesn’t want Huck Finn to fetch a doctor, and Huck always listens to Tom because he looks up to him. Jim, however, encourages Huck to ignore Tom and fetch a doctor anyway. Think back to other times in the novel when Huck has to make an ethical decision. Based on the advice that Jim gave Huck in those situations and Huck’s own introspection, which of the two has a better moral compass and why? Chapter 41: “Must ’a Been Spirits”
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Huck Finn Reading Guide Ms. Smith 1. The farmers and farmers’ wives completely fall for Tom Sawyer’s storybook prison escape. How might their foolish be a critique of their society, keeping in mind the dramatic irony that Jim could have escaped by himself the whole time, and he was assisted by two white boys, not “a house-full” of other slaves as the crowd presumes? Chapter 42: Why They Didn’t Hang Jim 1. What are the coincidences that resolve the remaining conflicts in the novel and lead to the plot’s total resolution? How is this consistent with the picaresque genre? 2. Do you think that Huck Finn has changed over the course of the novel? Were there any instances in the novel’s plot where he demonstrated the development of a code of ethics that didn’t conform to that of his society? Chapter 43: Chapter the Last. Nothing More to Write. 1. After reading this chapter, how would you describe Jim’s character? His relationship with Huck Finn? Has your opinion about Jim changed from what it was at the beginning of the novel? Grading Rubric
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Huck Finn Reading Guide Ms. Smith 3 chapters from the reading guide are due at the BEGINNING of every class. You are to place your reading guide on the desk while you answer the entrance question. I will assign your reading guide one of the following grades as I check your reading guide and take attendance. Notation on Reading Guide Grade on PowerSchool Description of the Reading Guide ✓+ 100% All questions for the assigned chapters are completely answered 85% At least half of the questions for the assigned chapters are completely answered ✓- 65% Less than half of the questions for the assigned chapters are completely answered 0% None of the questions for the assigned chapters are completely answered
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