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. What does Conseil politely ask Aronnax in the water?

2. What is Aronnax beginning to think about Nemo?

3. Describe Aronnax's immediate action after he receives the invitation.

4. Where was the Nautilus assembled?

5. What does Aronnax conclude the minute he gets his invitation from Hobson?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the narrator of the story?

3. Tell about the first thing Captain Nemo allows Aronnax to see on the Nautilus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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