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 does the Nautilus sink and rise?

2. What do they see at the pearl grotto?

3. What does Nemo do that surprises Aronnax?

4. What does Conseil say keeps them excited about the trip?

5. Why is the frigate unable to catch the monster?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain what bothers Ned Land in December.

3. What is Nemo's response to Aronnax's idea they cannot reach the Mediterranean by the next day?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Explain Captain Nemo's attitude toward the men on their first meeting.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the importance of imagination for writing science fiction. Base your essay on the fact that Jules Verne was writing in the 19th century about scientific ideas that have been achieved remarkably similar to his imaginative novels of his day.

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 Captain Nemo as a villain. In the essay point out that even a villain has redeeming qualities and be specific about Captain Nemo's good points. On the other hand, discuss his vengeful nature and putting himself above moral and legal restrictions.

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