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. Through what do they pass to get outside the submerged Nautilus?

3. How fast can the Nautilus go?

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

5. Looking through the glass port, what does Ned Land have to admit about the view of the ocean?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the tone of the novel as the story begins.

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

6. What is the unexpected pleasure Nemo gives the three captives near the island of Gilboa?

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

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

9. Explain what bothers Ned Land in December.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about clues throughout the novel that point to Nemo's war on war. As illustrations, point out Nemo's different attitude toward commercial ships and warships beginning with his statements early on about the Scotia and the Abraham Lincoln. Make the connection about Jule Verne's feelings about war.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the necessity to suspend belief while reading science fiction. While submarines were possible in the 1800's, nothing like Nemo's Nautilus was even dreamed of. The amount of supplies in the Nautilus, the unspecified number of crewmen, and the advanced technological instruments should be included in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the effects of being caged on both animals and humans. In your essay refer to caging wild animals in zoos and confining men in prisoner of war camps.

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