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. Why is the large bird staggering around after eating the nutmeg?

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

3. What does Conseil think Captain Nemo is?

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

5. What does Nemo point out to Aronnax?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain what bothers Ned Land in December.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 on Captain Nemo as a villain. In the essay point out that even a villain has redeeming qualities and be specific about Captain Nemo's good points. On the other hand, discuss his vengeful nature and putting himself above moral and legal restrictions.

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