Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nemo take Aronnax to the sailors' quarters to see if he can do anything?

2. How does Land react to the steward who comes into the room after he wakes up?

3. What does the captain decide to do after months at sea and no sighting of the monster?

4. How does Aronnax find the taste of seaweed cigars?

5. What does Aronnax say he sees traveling in the Nautilus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Aronnax observe that explains Nemo's vast wealth?

3. Who is the narrator of the story?

4. From the small submarine, tell what Aronnax observes in an underwater cemetery.

5. What happens in the pearl fishing grounds of the Indian Ocean?

6. Briefly detail the problem with the telescope.

7. Why is Aronnax concerned about the savages and what does Nemo do about it?

8. Describe how the three men are treated when they first come on board the Nautilus.

9. Describe why Ned interrupts Aronnax's reading and what he shows him.

10. Explain what bothers Ned Land in December.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on metaphor and simile in TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. To do this, you will need to find examples in the novel to evaluate as to their appropriateness and how they add to understanding the meaning behind the words. Include an assessment of how these literary devices add color to the reading.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the dialog in TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Find lines like this: "Sir, I have to speak to you on a matter that admits of no delay." After finding several such line that use language in a different way from how we speak today, re-write the lines in modern speech. Include in your essay how the dialog as written helps keep the time it was written in focus.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on terror. In your essay use as illustrations the battle with the giant squid, the near death experience under the antarctic ice, the sudden attack of the savages on Gilboa Island, and the maelstrom at the end of the novel.

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