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 is the animal finally killed?

2. What does Nemo say do not exist in his undersea world?

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

4. What is professor Aronnax's conclusion about what the sightings are?

5. What is described as the most interesting river in the sea?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How are Aronnax and Conseil saved from drowning after falling off the Abraham Lincoln?

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

10. From the small submarine, tell what Aronnax observes in an underwater cemetery.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the effects of being caged on both animals and humans. In your essay refer to caging wild animals in zoos and confining men in prisoner of war camps.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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