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 does Aronnax say he sees traveling in the Nautilus?

2. What does the public speculate the object is?

3. What is Aronnax beginning to think about Nemo?

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

5. Where was the Nautilus assembled?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the amusing fowl they see on the island of Gilboa.

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

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 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 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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how plans often do not work out. Use the many escape plans of Ned Land that never came to fruition. Discuss how this is often true in real life that plans do not work out the way they were conceived.

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