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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Greater Reward

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In Chapter 11, Mrs. Loftus reveals that the town thinks Pap killed his son for access to his money, and Jim is a known runaway slave. The reward for Pap is two hundred dollars while the reward for Jim is three hundred.

What does the difference in crime and reward suggest about society?

A

That in the 1840s American South, child abuse is not yet the substantial issue it is in contemporary times.

B

That the greater crime in the 1840s American South is loss of revenue from a slave, not murder of a child.

C

That in the 1840s American South society thinks one is more likely to catch a murderer than to catch a runaway slave. It is a guaranteed payout, so the reward stays lower to save money.

D

That in the 1840s American South monetary values are arbitrary.

E

In the 1840s American South money was used to garner attention There really isn't a difference between the two values; both crimes have a lot of money attached to them in the hopes of getting strangers to care.