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. After leaving the island, where are they when Aronnax begins to wonder where they are going?

2. How do Aronnax and Conseil finally see Ned Land?

3. What does Conseil say keeps them excited about the trip?

4. What does Aronnax insist they thought they were hunting and attacking?

5. How does Nemo describe himself to Aronnax, Conseil, and Land?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mention how a dugong almost kills the men in a small boat.

2. Relate Aronnax's encounter with the strange man.

3. Explain what bothers Ned Land in December.

4. How is the pearl seen differently by different people?

5. How does Captain Nemo explain the electricity on the Nautilus?

6. What do Aronnax and Farragut speculate about the monster?

7. What does the captain of the Monroe whaling boat request of Captain Farragut?

8. Describe the amusing fowl they see on the island of Gilboa.

9. Explain Captain Nemo's attitude toward the men on their first meeting.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about conserving biological species such as the whales. Include Nemo's argument with Ned Land that killing just for the sake of killing is wrong. Mention also that Jules Verne was writing a hundred years before many species of whale became endangered from over fishing.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about vicarious thrills. Include examples in you essay where you joined in some dangerous or exciting event through reading without risking you life. Explain how readers can enjoy more things in books than they could ever experience in real life.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the comparison of a book to a movie adaptation. After watching the movie, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, evaluate how closely the film version adheres to the novel. Include reasons that screenplays are limited in what they can depict on the screen.

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