Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Test | Final 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 Land say escaping at the speed they are traveling would be like?

2. Where are Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned?

3. Up on the land, what seems to have been its origin?

4. What does Aronnax consider doing as they head out into the Atlantic?

5. When the ship rights itself and rises to the surface, what is it position?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prevents the men from escaping in the Mediterranean?

2. Tell something about Nemo's egotistical action when he locates the South Pole.

3. After testing how deep the Nautilus can go, describe what happens.

4. How are the feelings of Aronnax somewhat mixed about Captain Nemo?

5. Where does Aronnax finally come to?

6. Where does Aronnax learn they are when he cannot recognize the landscape?

7. Explain Aronnax's anxiety over asking for their freedom.

8. What goes on while Ned, Conseil, and Aronnax are escaping in the small boat?

9. What happens when Nemo sees Land trying to signal an approaching ship?

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

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 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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