Huckleberry Finn Chapter 28 Assignment

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapter 28 Summary

READ THE BOOK: Chapter 28

  • Mary Jane is upset about the slaves being sold (families were broken up).
  • Huck, overcome by her misery and, more importantly, her beauty, breaks down and confesses everything to her.
  • Together they devise a plan. Or rather, Huck devises a plan and Mary Jane goes along with it.
  • The plan is, Mary Jane goes for the night to stay with Mr. Lothrop, because the girl's got the poker face of a five-year-old with a sugar high. (In other words, she wouldn't be able to hide her emotions from the duke and king.)
  • Huck says someone else's life hangs in the balance here (Jim), so he needs time to escape before the situation plays out.
  • Later that night, Mary is going to sneak back to the house and shine a candle in the window. If Huck doesn't show up, he's escaped, and she can blow the whistle all she wants on the two frauds.
  • Huck then takes a piece of paper and writes down "Royal Nonesuch, Bricksville," so the duke and king can pay their dues for that little scam as well.
  • He also writes a note about the money being buried in the coffin, and tells her not to look at the paper until she's already on the road to Mr. Lothrop's.
  • So, Mary Jane is off—and Huck runs into the other sister, Susan.
  • He doesn't want to trust someone else with the details, so he just makes up a story about the mumps, a really horrible strain called pluribus-unum mumps.
  • Lie, lie, lie: in the end, he makes sure Susan isn't going to say anything to the duke and king about her sister's absence, since she doesn't want to delay their trip to England with their uncles while everyone sticks around to see if Mary Jane contracted pluribus-unum mumps.
  • And then two men show up: the real brothers of the dead Peter Wilks.
  • Oops.

READ THE BOOK: Chapter 28

Study Questions
1. How does Huck explain the fact that they travel at night and sleep during the day?

2. What do the people at the camp meeting expect the king to do with the money they collect for him?

3. How does Jim treat Huck during the storm at night?

4. How do the duke and the king plan to make it safe for Jim to travel during the day?

5. What does the duke mean when he says he will call back Hamlet’s soliloquy from “recollection’s vaults”?

6. Why is the duke’s version of Hamlet’s soliloquy confusing?

7. Who is assigned the role of Juliet in the “Shakespearean Revival”?

8. Why does Colonel Sherburn murder Boggs?

9. What is Colonel Sherburn’s ultimatum in regard to Boggs?

10. Who is called for to quiet Boggs down?

Answers
1. He tells them a story about Jim being the family slave. Since his family is all dead, Jim is all he has left. They travel at night because people suspect Jim of being a runaway when they see him.

2. They expect him to use it when he goes back to change the lives of his fellow pirates.

3. When Huck gets tired, Jim takes half of his watch so Huck can get some sleep.

4. The duke prints a playbill that advertises Jim as a runaway slave. When people see them they will tie Jim’s hands and feet, show them the playbill, and tell people they are turning Jim in for the reward.

5. The duke has no copy of Hamlet aboard the raft. He says he will need to recall it from memory.

6. The duke’s version is confusing because it is not Hamlet’s soliloquy. It contains jumbled lines from several of Shakespeare’s plays, and it makes no sense.

7. The 70-year-old king with a bald head is assigned the role of Juliet.

8. Colonel Sherburn is tired of being harassed and threatened by the drunken Boggs.

9. He gives Boggs until one o’clock to quiet down. If he doesn’t, he will kill him.

10. The townspeople call for Boggs’ daughter, but she arrives after he has been shot by Sherburn.

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