Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Chapters 5, 6, 7 Study Questions 1.
What is significant in the new judge's treatment of Pap? -
The judge was sure that he could transform Pap into this new and improved father figure so that he can be a good father to Huck, rather than let Huck be adopted to a better parental figure. The judge’s hard work to change Pap didn’t pay off, for Pap was back into his old ways in no time.
What questions does Pap's attitude toward Huck evoke?
- Pap disagrees of Huck's education and beats him for it. Pap represents a bad parental figure and degrades the white race. 3. What mixed emotions does Huck feel about life with his father? - He enjoys his freedom but hates the harsh treatment.
What is the irony in Pap's fury about the educated black? - Pap feels blacks are inferior to him, though they possess a greater mind and knowledge for having an education, unlike Pap. Pap is jealous of them.
5. What is the significance of Huck's remark about the river--"The June rise used to be always luck for me?" -The river is freedom for Huck and Jim from all the issues in Huck’s life such living with his father and slavery for Jim. The Mississippi river is an escape for the boys.
6. What is the importance of Huck preparing his own death?
- This allowed Huck to start a new life for himself, a rebirth kind of transformation.
7. What poignancy is evoked in the conversation Huck overhears on the river? - He overhears that if he leaves a third man who is tied up will die if he doesn’t interfere. It is a moral dilemma for Huck to decide on if he wants to help the third man survive while risking his and Jim's lives.
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