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 take Aronnax to view outside the Nautilus one morning?

2. How do Aronnax and Conseil finally see Ned Land?

3. What does Ned Land plan once they are in the Mediterranean?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the difference Nemo sees in the encounters with the Scotia and the Abraham Lincoln.

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

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

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

5. Describe the amusing fowl they see on the island of Gilboa.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about vicarious thrills. Include examples in you essay where you joined in some dangerous or exciting event through reading without risking you life. Explain how readers can enjoy more things in books than they could ever experience in real life.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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