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 is the animal finally killed?

2. What nationalities does Aronnax guess the captors to be?

3. What is Aronnax beginning to think about Nemo?

4. As they enter the Red Sea, what does Aronnax find?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Relate Aronnax's encounter with the strange man.

10. How does Captain Nemo explain the electricity on the Nautilus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on metaphor and simile in TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. To do this, you will need to find examples in the novel to evaluate as to their appropriateness and how they add to understanding the meaning behind the words. Include an assessment of how these literary devices add color to the reading.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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