American Lit pib adventures of Huckleberry Finn



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American Lit PIB

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Guiding Questions for Key Passage Analysis
All four key passage annotations and questions due Monday, 11/8
Directions: The purpose of this study is to look at the specific things Twain is doing to convey his themes and purpose. Below are a few passages to re-read and annotate in detail. Answer the following prompts in detail, locating specific quotes that prove your ideas. Avoid over-generalizing. It is not enough to say the river "symbolizes freedom." How does Twain illustrate that the river is indeed a symbol? How does the literature convey the symbol?
To be discussed Monday, 11/8: Re-read and annotate pages 66-69 considering the following prompts:

  1. Why is Huck conflicted internally?

  2. What is the difference between moral and civil intelligence?

  3. What is the relationship between the passage and transcendentalism?

  4. What is Huck's conflict with society?

  5. Relate this passage to another part of the novel (find it).


To be discussed Tuesday, 11/9: Re-read and annotate Chapter 7 considering the following prompts:

  1. How civilization different than life on the river?

  2. How does civilization constrain Huck?

  3. What does the river symbolize?

  4. State of Huck's mind while on river vs. with Pap vs. widow

  5. Relate this passage to another part of the novel (find it).


To be discussed Wednesday, 11/10: Re-read and annotate pages 77-79 (end of chapter) considering the following prompts:

  1. What is Twain satirizing?

  2. How is he satirizing?

  3. Find another passage in which Twain satirizes (find it) and draw a conclusion about his use of satire.


To be discussed Thursday, 11/11: Re-read and annotate pages 59-60 considering the following prompts:

  1. What is Huck's purpose of discussing French with Jim?

  2. What is Twain's purpose of this conversation?

  3. What does it reveal about Jim's character?

  4. What does it reveal about Twain's tone toward Jim?


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