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 do as the shark is about to kill Captain Nemo?

2. What does Aronnax see in the glade of coral at the coral kingdom?

3. What does Aronnax say he sees traveling in the Nautilus?

4. What does Nemo show Aronnax in his own quarters?

5. Why does Aronnax rule out the possibility of an individual creating the monster?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What happens in the pearl fishing grounds of the Indian Ocean?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on why Captain Nemo qualifies as an anti-hero. You will need to include such things as moments of compassion as contrasted with emotional coldness. Also point out the exceptional accomplishments of the anti-hero and the combination of positive and negative actions the anti-hero exhibits.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay on the dialog in TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Find lines like this: "Sir, I have to speak to you on a matter that admits of no delay." After finding several such line that use language in a different way from how we speak today, re-write the lines in modern speech. Include in your essay how the dialog as written helps keep the time it was written in focus.

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