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Name ___________________________ Picaresque novel The picaresque novel is a type of novel that originated in 16th century Spain.

It is a precursor to the modern novel. In the picaresque novel, a picaro a kind of rogue wanderer tells about his various exploits and adventures. There is no overarching story that connects the adventures and there is not necessarily an ending to the story. The picaresque novel allowed a writer to insert a character into any kind of scenario and poke fun at social gatherings, governments, legal systems, manners, etc. Typical characteristics of a picaresque novel are as follows: 1. Autobiographical 2. The main character is typically an orphaned youth 3. The story is satirical (This means that is makes fun of society, government, people, religion) 4. The story is told in a series of loosely linked episodes (The story is not propelled forward by an overarching conflict that needs to be resolved) 5. The main character rejects normal ways of life 6. The main character meets people from all walks of life rich people, poor people, honest people and dishonest people 7. The main character has a strong desire to be on the open road 8. The main character meets and joins up with wanderers 9. The main character lies, cheats and steals 10. The main character lives by his own morals, not the morals of society

Your task is to match up these characteristics to Huckleberry Finn. For each characteristic, decide whether it is true about Huckleberry Finn. If it is not true, move on. If it is true, explain your answer and give one example.

1. Autobiographical
True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

2. The main character is typically an orphaned youth


True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

3. The story is satirical (This means that is makes fun of society, government, people, religion)
True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

4. The story is told in a series of loosely linked episodes (The story is not propelled forward by an overarching conflict that needs to be resolved)
True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

5. The main character rejects normal ways of life


True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

6. The main character meets people from all walks of life rich people, poor people, honest people and dishonest people
True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

7. The main character has a strong desire to be on the open road


True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

8. The main character meets and joins up with wanderers


True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

9. The main character lies, cheats and steals


True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No

10. The main character lives by his own morals, not the morals of society
True about Huckleberry Finn? Yes No