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. Looking through the glass port, what does Ned Land have to admit about the view of the ocean?

2. Through what do they pass to get outside the submerged Nautilus?

3. What does Ned take Aronnax to view outside the Nautilus one morning?

4. What is Aronnax beginning to think about Nemo?

5. What is the name of the vessel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 on character development in a novel. Include which of the characters appear to be one-dimensional and which characters are drawn with more detail. Mention the reason that some characters receive more attention than others.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how biases affect behavior. Use as an example Nemo's attitude toward conservation as contrasted by his destruction of the cachalots and the savages who attack the Nautilus. Compare those things to the near annihilation of the wolf and events like ethnic cleansing.

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