Please help with homework The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Select two of the social institutions

  1. Select two of the social institutions (i.e. democracy) at which Twain pokes fun. Use specific references to show how he accomplishes this.


  2. What do you think makes this novel an important record of American culture?


  3. Point out the weak and strong character traits in Huck. How do his character and personality compare with those of Tom Sawyer?


  4. Lionel Trilling says that Huck possesses a sense of humor. Do you think this is so? Site examples for a yes or no answer.
  5. A major unifying element in the novel is an illusion (pretense) vs. reality. Find examples. Explain their significance to Twain’s overall themes.
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