Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the tone of the novel as the story begins.

The book starts off with a factual, scientific tone. The reports of the monster and the attack on the Moravian are written in a factual journalistic style, as if it all really happened.

2. What are some of the fantastic ideas about the monster and how does it captivate the public?

They estimate it to be at least three hundred miles long. This unknown "monster" became very fashionable in the press as well as in theaters and songs. It caught the public's imagination all over the world.

3. Who is the narrator of the story?

Pierre Aronnax, an assistant professor of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.

4. What does the U.S. government invite Aronnax to join?

Commander Farragut is commissioned to sail a large frigate named the Abraham Lincoln to look for and destroy the monster. Aronnax receives an invitation from the Secretary of Navy, J.B. Hobson, to join the expedition.

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