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 is Aronnax beginning to think about Nemo?

3. Tell about the encounter with the captain of a whaling ship.

4. What do they see off the coast of Ceylon?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Mention briefly the problem as the Nautilus leaves the South Pole.

5. Describe the light reflecting off the ice as seen from inside the Nautilus and the problem it creates.

6. How does Conseil get wounded?

7. Write about the man made marvel they observed under the sea.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on terror. In your essay use as illustrations the battle with the giant squid, the near death experience under the antarctic ice, the sudden attack of the savages on Gilboa Island, and the maelstrom at the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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