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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Jim's Hairball

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Jim has a fortune-telling hairball that will not speak to him until Huck gives Jim a quarter. What does this reveal about Jim's character?

A

Jim is surprisingly greedy. He knows Huck wants to learn about Pap Finn, and recognizes that he will pay anything for the information so Jim can demand money with confidence.

B

Jim is delusional, stuck in a fantasy world. After the trick Tom played on him, Jim actually believes that he has some sort of enhanced powers and can actually get a fortune from the hairball.

C

Jim is rather ignorant to think that he would get any real money for his hairball trick. Huck only offers him a counterfeit quarter, which Jim takes, despite knowing it is counterfeit.

D

Jim is actually pretty shrewd; he understands the basics of a good con. If you have something people want, you can make money off of it.

E

Jim is a romantic, like Tom. To make up such a detailed fantasy is very similar to the world of books Tom lives in.