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What did the author intend to do with Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
Keep in mind I mean the AUTHOR (Mark Twain) not Huck...I'm just really confused by this question...I could say, "Write a novel about-insert plot here-. It outlined the values and society of the American South of the late 1800s, etc." But I don't even have to read the book to know that! So could anybody help me out here?

  • AP English -

    Whatever you decide to include in this, you'll need to back up with specific references and some quotations from the book.

    How long is this paper to be?

    Which scenes/actions/thoughts/etc. would you use to illustrate what you mean by "outlined the values and society ... "?

  • AP English -

    It's not a paper it's just 3 questions on a reading response sheet. "What did the author intend to do?" "Did they do it?" and "Was it worth doing?"

    I'm guessing they're meant to be 3-4 sentences each.

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    You're in an AP English class, and one of the things you NEED to do every time, whether it's a full-fledged essay or a short-answer test/quiz/??, is to write with specifics.

    If you plan to say that Twain "outlined the values and society..." then you'll need to state what those values were, and what "society" was he writing about -- and give specific examples.

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    Ok, how's this?

    With the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain intended to write a novel about a young boy and his journey down the Mississippi River with a slave named Jim. The novel outlined the values and society of the American South in the late 1800s, such as slavery and racism being a common part of life. Another part of society at this time was the lack of education of the average person, especially compared to twelve-year-old Huck who had the education and knowledge better than that of an adult. Another value of many characters is their barbarianism. Throughout the novel, as soon as a character makes a mistake the townspeople's first reaction is to try and lynch them, which happened to both Pap and Jim.

    Of course I will add to this but is this on the right track?

  • AP English -

    Not bad, but you need to separate "values" and "society" -- what are values, and what is society?

    And this is puzzling:

    "...as soon as a character makes a mistake the townspeople's first reaction is to try and lynch them, which happened to both Pap and Jim.

    1. "character" = singular
    "them" = plural
    Surely you're not using a plural to refer to a singular, right??

    2. Are you saying that every time a person makes a mistake, he/she is put on trial and lynched? Really?

  • AP English -

    Well, like I said I will do corrections, I didn't really proofread that I just banged it out in 3 minutes or so. And yes, multiple times in the novel a character makes one mistake and they send a person/multiple people out to capture them to be lynched.

    I'm still not really getting the second question though the, "Did they do it?" one. I don't even get why this is a question, obviously they did if I clearly am going to explain the first answer, and the third question, "Was it worth doing?" is relatively easy, all I'm going to say is yes it was, I learned a great deal about the American South during this time, etc.

    I didn't even have to read the book to know just about everything on the sheet besides the quote they ask for, so I guess it's just a poorly written sheet.

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    I agree. It's far too broad a series of questions for a short-answer write-up.

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