Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 famous historical figure does Nemo discuss with Aronnax?

2. What nationalities does Aronnax guess the captors to be?

3. What makes Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned Land very happy?

4. How long do Conseil and Ned think they have been asleep when they finally wake up?

5. What happens to the small boat when the wounded animal attacks?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the Nautilus gets stuck in the Great Ice Barrier, how do Aronnax and Nemo see things differently?

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

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

4. Explain Aronnax's anxiety over asking for their freedom.

5. What prevents the men from escaping in the Mediterranean?

6. What happens when Nemo sees Land trying to signal an approaching ship?

7. How does Nemo react when Aronnax comments that the treasure they find is not used for a noble purpose?

8. Relate Ned's heightened anxiety after the battle with the giant squid.

9. How are the feelings of Aronnax somewhat mixed about Captain Nemo?

10. What is Nemo's behavior after he watches the destruction of the gunship?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on why Captain Nemo qualifies as an anti-hero. You will need to include such things as moments of compassion as contrasted with emotional coldness. Also point out the exceptional accomplishments of the anti-hero and the combination of positive and negative actions the anti-hero exhibits.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about vicarious thrills. Include examples in you essay where you joined in some dangerous or exciting event through reading without risking you life. Explain how readers can enjoy more things in books than they could ever experience in real life.

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 Evaluate the importance of fact and historical reference to make a story believable.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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