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. Why does Aronnax regret trying to escape from Nemo?

2. What does Ned say he will do if the distant ship comes near the Nautilus?

3. How does Nemo attempt to free the Nautilus?

4. After the destruction of the gun ship, which way is the Nautilus traveling?

5. What is Nemo's prognosis if they cannot escape the ice tunnel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Conseil get wounded?

2. What are the final escape plans?

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

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

5. What is the conversation between Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned out on the platform?

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

7. How does Nemo react when Aronnax comments that the treasure they find is not used for a noble purpose?

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

9. What is Nemo's behavior after he watches the destruction of the gunship?

10. Briefly describe the beginning of the battle with the giant squid.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about the importance of research in writing a novel. Evaluate the importance of fact and historical reference to make a story believable. Also mention the part folklore and superstition play in making a novel both interesting and believable. Discuss how a writer like Verne can describe accurately such things as harpooning a whale without ever having had the experience personally.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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