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 plan once they are in the Mediterranean?

2. How many shipwrecks occurred that year?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe why Ned interrupts Aronnax's reading and what he shows him.

6. Describe the men's first view of the undersea world.

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

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 happens in the pearl fishing grounds of the Indian Ocean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on scientific deduction versus practical experience. As a starting point refer to Aronnax's calculations that cause him to conclude the goal they are looking for is probably a large deep sea animal versus Ned Land's practical experience that makes him sure it is not some kind of creature.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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