Glossary of Huckleberry Finn

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Identify the speaker:
"Don't put your feet up there Huckleberry. Don't scrunch up like that Huckleberry--sit up straight. Don't gap and stretch like that, Huckleberry--why don't you try to behave."
Miss Watson
Jim believes that touching a rattlesnake skin brings
bad luck
Identify the speaker
"Huck, does you reck'n we gwyne to run acrost any mo' kings on dis trip."
Identify the speaker:
"Well, Sister Phelps, I've ransacked that-air cabin over, an' I b'lieve. . .he's crazy, s'I; everything shows it, s'I. Look at that-air grindstone, want to tell me't any cretur 't's in his right mind 's a-goin to scabble a
Old Mrs. Hotchkiss
List Huck's various identities
Sarah Mary Williams
George Peters
George Jackson
Tom Sawyer
List the scenes where Twain pokes fun at gullibility.
the Christian pirate scene

the Royal Nonesuch

the Wilkes episode
Fill in the blank
"_____________slid around in his black gloves with his softy soothering ways, putting on the last touches, and getting people and things all shipshape and comfortable. He was the softest, glidingest, stealthiest man I ever se
the undertaker
Fill in the blank
"__________'s most well now, and go his bullet around his neck on a watch guard for a watch.
Tom Sawyer
List the reasons tall tales are used in the novel.
*Jim tells and retells the witch story to gain prestige among his peers.
*Huck tells tales to survive--gain info and protect Jim.
*The King and Duke tell tales for profit
Huck's small pox story is an example of
Huck's knowledge of human nature
man's indifference to the sufferings of others
Twain's low regard for human nature
Identify the Speaker
"Why, I wanted to adventure of it; and I'd a waded neck deep in blood to . . ."
Tom Sawyer
Fill in the blank
"well, by and by somebody said ____________ought to be lynched. In about a minute everybody was saying so. . ."
Col. Sherburn
Identify the speaker:
"Preachin's my line, too, and workin' camp meetin's, and missionaryin' around."
Why does Huck return to church on the feud Sunday?
Sophia sends him to get her testament which has a note in from Harney
Identify the speaker
"Please take it and don't ask me nothing--then I won't have to tell no lies."
Identify the speaker:
Doan' you 'member de house dat was float'n down de river, en dey wuz a man in dah, kivered up, en I went in en unkivered him and didn't let you come in? Well, den, you kin git yo' money when you wants it, kase dat wuz him."
List the ways Col. Sherburn and Col. Grangerford are similar.
*Both dress and speak in a cultivated manner.
*Both perputuate violence.
*Both show "respectability" can be a veneer--a mask.
What is Huck's opinion about stealing?
one can "borrow" when in need
Identify the speaker.

"I declare to gracious ther'a ain't but nine! Why, what in the world--plague take things, I'll count 'm again."
Aunt Sally
Fill the blank
"Poor__________made poetry about all the dead people when she was alive. . .
Emmeline Grangerford
List Tom's assumed identities.
*Jim's mother
*Sid Sawyer
What do the dialects add to the novel?
Realism==the dialects show the diversity of the people on the frontier
Identify the speaker
"I'm tird of this, but I'll endure it till one o'clock. Till one o'clock, mind--no longer. If you open your mouth against me after that time you can't travel so far but I will find you."
Col. Sherburn's threat to Boggs
Fill in the blank.
"When I lit my candle and went up to my room. .there sat
_________... He was most fifty and he looked it. His hair was long and tangled and greasy, and hung down, and you could see his eyes shining through like he was be
List the mob scenes that Twain creates to poke fun at crowd mentality.
Boggs shooting/lynching bee--The Mob is foolish/ineffective;they reinact the killing, gawk at the body, and let Sherburn get away with cold-blooded murder.
*Tarring and Feathering of King and Duke--This form of punishment strips the top layers of skin from the body--very cruel & destructive
When the bounty hunters send
two twenty dollar gold pieces to Huck instead of trying to help, they reveal what trait?
Identify the speaker:
"Yes my friend, it is too true--your eyes is lookin' at this very moment on the pore disappeared Dauphin, Looy the Seventeen."
Fill in blank
"I found that sweet__________
standing in her door, which was next to ours, and she took me in her room and shut the door very soft, and asked me if I would do something for her and not tell anybody."
Sophia Grangerford
List the ironic nature of Jim's plans to steal his family.
*Jim's good intentions are contrasted with Pap's evil actions.
*The plans almost cause Huck to betray Jim.
*Jim believes in the American Dream, a dream that excludes Jim and his family
From the reward money, how much is Huck's allowance?
a dollar a day
Identify the speaker:
"Here's the law a-standing to take a man's son away from him--a man's own son, which he has had all the trouble and all the anxiety and all the expense of raising."
"And his __________she said Tom was right about old Miss Watson setting Jim free in her will. . ."
Aunt Polly
"Now we'll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer's Gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath and write his name in blood."
Tom Sawyer
What does the ransom scene have in common with the feud scene?
In both scenes, people blindly go along without questioning--blind conformity
Identify the speaker:
"People would call me a lowdown Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum--but that don't make no difference."
Fill in the blank
"Her sister __________, a tolerable slim old maid with goggles on, had just come to live with her, and took a set at me now with a spelling book."
Miss Watson
Identify the speaker

"And it'll be the third I've made in two years. It just keeps a body on the jump to keep you in shirts.
Aunt Sally
Despite child abuse, alcoholism, and selfishness, Twain's tone remains
humorous--a funny book about an unfunny society
Identify the speaker:
"Who ever heard of a state prisoner escaping by a hickry-bark ladder? Why it's perfectly ridiculous. We need a sheet to make a rope ladder with."
Tom Sawyer
Fill in the blank
"_______was a very tall man and very slim, abd had a darkish-paly complexion, not a sign of red; he was clean-shaved every morning. . .and he had the thinnest kind of nostrils, and a high nose, and heavy eyebrows and the black
Col. Grangerford
Identify the speaker:
"Look here, If you're telling the truth you needn't be afraid--nobody'll hurt you. But don't try to budge; stand right where you are. Rouse out Bob and Tom, some of you, and fetch the guns. George Jackson, is there anybody
Col. Grangerford
After the fog incident, why doesn't Huck play any more tricks on Jim?
He realizes he had hurt Jim's feelings.
List the Duke's roles.
A deaf mute
Huck is a product of his society. What is his opinion about slavery?
He believes that slaves belong to their owners.
Identify the speaker:
"Huck, does you reck'n we gwyne to run acrost any mo' kings on dis trip."
What do the bounty hunter incident and the Royal Nonesuch episode have in common?
Twain pokes fun at the obvious lack of brotherhood and that people in charge don't do their job.
Identify the speaker:
"You march into that setting room and stay there till I come. You been up to something you no business to, and I lay I'll find out what it is before I'm done with you."
Aunt Sally
How does Twain reveal his attitude toward slavery and Huck's dilemma?
Irony and satire--Jim is a better human being than most of the other male characters.

Huck thinks he is doing wrong when the reader knows Huck is doing right.
List several quotes that reflect Huck's moral dilemma over helping Jim escape.
*"people would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum. . ."
*"children that belonged to a man I didn't even know, a man that hadn't never done me no harm."
*"All right then, I'll go to hell."
Name two books Huck sees at the Grangerfords.
Friendship's Offerings
Pilgrim's Progress--Irony

The Grangerford are feuding with their neighbors.
Identify the speaker:
You'd'a'ben down dah in de woods widout any dinner, en gitten' mos' drowned, too; dat you would honey. Chickens knows when it's gwyne to rain, en so do de birds, chile."
What does Twain accomplish by using a first-person narrator?
*an adolescents view seems literal and objective
*Huck's mispronunciations provide humor
*Huck provides the reader with a sense of closeness
Identify the speaker:
"No! That old fool sold him, and never divided with me, and the money's gone."
In what scenes does Twain condemn human nature.
the Grangerford scene
the Wilkes episode--"It was enough to make the body ashamed of the human race."
Tarring and feathering of King and Duke--"Human beings can be awful cruel to one another."
List Jim's identities.
*a drowned A-rab
*a white man with small pox
Superstitions are part of the culture. Both Jim, Huck, Pap,and other characters use
superstition to explain bad luck. List actions that would bring bad luck.
*spilling salt
*flicking a spider into a burning candle
*looking at the moon over the shoulder
*touching a rattlesnake skin
*looking at a dead person's face
Identify the speaker:

"Well, I wonder. Why, I wrote you twice to ask you what you could mean by Sid being here."
Aunt Polly--Tom's guardian
Identify the speaker:
"Yes--easy enough. Every animal is grateful for kindness and petting, and they wouldn't think of hurting a person that pets them. Any book will tell you that."
Tom Sawyer
List the King's various roles.
Parson Wilks
a naked spectacle
Identify the speaker;
"For lands sake, what is the matter with the child? He's got the brain fever as shore as you're born, and they're oozing out!"
Aunt Sally
Identify the speaker:
"Keep your hands off me! You talk like an Englishman, don't you? It's the worst imitation I ever heard. You Peter Wilk's brother! You're a fraud, that's what you are!"
Dr. Robinson
Identify the speaker:
"I'll stop up them holes today."
Uncle Silas
Identify the speaker:

"Hm! What you know 'bout witches?"
Identify the speaker:
"Thirty-seven year--and he come out in China. That's the kind. I wish the bottom of this fortress was solid rock."
Tom Sawyer
Identify the speaker:
"Yes, en I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns myself."
Identify the speaker:
"These uncles of yourn ain't no uncles at all; they're a couple frauds--regular deadbeats."
Identify the speaker:
"But it oughn't to be altogether my fault, because, you know, I don't see my shirts nor have nothing to do with them except when they're on me; and I don't believe I've ever lost one of them off of me."
Uncle Silas
Identify the speaker:
"Now, looky here; you stop that putting on frills. I won't have it. I'll lay for you smarty; and if I catch you about that school I'll tan you good."
Pap Finn
Identify the speaker:
"The Shephersons don't, father. They always take advantage."
Buck Grangerford
Identify the speaker:

"Pleas take it and don't ask me nothing--then I won't have to tell no lies."
Identify the speaker:
"Well, for the life of me I can't remember when I done it. I could show her now that I warn't to blame on account of the rats. But never mind--let it go. I reckon it wouldn't do no good."
Uncle Silas
Why is Jim's lecture to Huck after they are separtated in the fog important?
*As a slave, Jim takes a risk by criticizing Huck's behavior.
*Jim behaves like a parent--a moral guide
*Huck listens because he apologizes to Jim and doesn't play any more practical jokes.
"Cler the track, thar. I'm on the war-path, and the price uv coffins is a-gywne to raise."
Describe Huck's first attempt at an assumed identity.
He dresses as a girl--Sarah Mary Williams.
He visits Mrs. Loftus.
He gains valuable information.
He then says his name is George Peters.
Identify the speaker:
"Here is my answer. Take this six thousand dollars, and invest for me and my sisters any way you want to, and don't give us no receipt for it."
Mary Jane Wilks
Why is the Mississippi almost a character in the novel?
It symbolizes the power and beauty of nature.
It is surrounded and contrasted to shore where violence produced by people.
It is a haven of peace and freedom for Huck and Jim.
List the price tags placed on Jim's life.
Miss Watson tries to sell him for $800.00.
The authorities place a $300.00 reward for his return.
The King sells him back into slavery for "$40.00 dirty dollars".
A doctor says Jim is worth $1000.00.
The Ambuscade on the A-rabs turns out to be
a Sunday School picnic
a huge disappointment to Huck
a fantasy of Tom's
List the ways the King and the Duke use to swindle people.
a pirate story
a phony Shakespeare play
"yellocution lessons"--elocution--the art of public speaking
List adjectives that describe Twain's view of the religious attitudes of this historical period.
Hypocritical--If Miss Watson is such a good Christian, why does she try to sell Jim?
Impotent--Useless Why didn't the pastor for the Grangerfords & Sheperdsons help them resolve the feud peacefully.
Corrupt--Slaves were "baptized property"

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