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 is described as the most interesting river in the sea?

2. After Ceylon, where do they travel?

3. What are the strange words a man says to Aronnax on the platform?

4. What is the first strange thing Aronnax observes about Nemo's behavior.

5. What does Nemo inform Aronnax?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the situation after the three men eat and fall asleep.

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

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

4. Describe the men's first view of the undersea world.

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

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

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

8. Briefly describe Aronnax's first walk on the sea floor.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on Captain Nemo as a villain. In the essay point out that even a villain has redeeming qualities and be specific about Captain Nemo's good points. On the other hand, discuss his vengeful nature and putting himself above moral and legal restrictions.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the importance of imagination for writing science fiction. Base your essay on the fact that Jules Verne was writing in the 19th century about scientific ideas that have been achieved remarkably similar to his imaginative novels of his day.

Essay Topic 3

Write a critique of TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Mention the story line, the interest, the anti-war message, the incredible predictions, the use of dialog, poetic language, and any other technical aspects of the novel. End by making a recommendation to readers who have not already read the novel.

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