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 animal does Ned harpoon along the Arabian coast?

2. What do they observe coming from the Ganges River?

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

4. What do the three men do on the island?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Briefly detail the problem with the telescope.

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

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

8. What does the U.S. government invite Aronnax to join?

9. Explain what bothers Ned Land in December.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay on weaknesses you see in the plot line of TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Include how Nemo is never fully explained which makes it difficult to accept the forced imprisonment of Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned Land.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the necessity to suspend belief while reading science fiction. While submarines were possible in the 1800's, nothing like Nemo's Nautilus was even dreamed of. The amount of supplies in the Nautilus, the unspecified number of crewmen, and the advanced technological instruments should be included in your essay.

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