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

2. Taken aboard the mysterious craft, who does Aronnax think they have been saved by?

3. What does Ned do as the shark is about to kill Captain Nemo?

4. What is professor Aronnax's conclusion about what the sightings are?

5. Where was the Nautilus assembled?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe Aronnax's first walk on the sea floor.

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

3. What does Nemo tell Aronnax about the sunken ship he has come to see?

4. Describe the light reflecting off the ice as seen from inside the Nautilus and the problem it creates.

5. What is the difficulty for the Nautilus to rise from under the ice?

6. Mention briefly the problem as the Nautilus leaves the South Pole.

7. Describe Aronnax's concern about making it to the Pole on time.

8. Write about the man made marvel they observed under the sea.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about how plans often do not work out. Use the many escape plans of Ned Land that never came to fruition. Discuss how this is often true in real life that plans do not work out the way they were conceived.

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 a critique of TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Mention the story line, the interest, the anti-war message, the incredible predictions, the use of dialog, poetic language, and any other technical aspects of the novel. End by making a recommendation to readers who have not already read the novel.

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