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. How many shipwrecks occurred that year?

2. What happens when Ned Land gets close enough to throw his harpoon?

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

4. What does Aronnax find in the pearl grotto?

5. What is Aronnax beginning to think about Nemo?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the different opinions Conseil and Aronnax have about Nemo.

4. What is the exciting thing that happens as they return for the island of Crespo?

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

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

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

8. Explain the difference Nemo sees in the encounters with the Scotia and the Abraham Lincoln.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the wonders of the ocean. In your essay discuss the sights and marine life Jules Verne describes which had never been seen but have proven to be incredibly accurate, though maybe not as large as Verne describes some of the species. Also include the vast natural resources that have yet to be tapped from the ocean.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about the importance of research in writing a novel. Evaluate the importance of fact and historical reference to make a story believable. Also mention the part folklore and superstition play in making a novel both interesting and believable. Discuss how a writer like Verne can describe accurately such things as harpooning a whale without ever having had the experience personally.

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