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 Ned Land say he does not feel?

2. What is the shape of the Nautilus?

3. What does Nemo's aide kill underwater?

4. Why does Aronnax have trouble falling asleep after the rescue?

5. What does Aronnax conclude the minute he gets his invitation from Hobson?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly detail the problem with the telescope.

2. What do Aronnax and Farragut speculate about the monster?

3. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Explain what bothers Ned Land in December.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 Evaluate the importance of fact and historical reference to make a story believable.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