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. Before the Nautilus breaks free, what happens to Aronnax?

2. Why does Nemo say he makes an exception about the cachalots?

3. What causes Nemo to break down after the gun ship is sunk?

4. Where does Aronnax hope they are not heading?

5. Where does it appear that Nemo is heading?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe what Nemo does to the cachalots that are attacking defenseless whales.

3. Relate Ned's heightened anxiety after the battle with the giant squid.

4. Mention Aronnax's problem just before the Nautilus clears the surface.

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

6. Relate the dire prediction Nemo makes as a worst case scenario when they are stuck under the ice.

7. Explain Nemo's bizarre behavior during a hurricane.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about clues throughout the novel that point to Nemo's war on war. As illustrations, point out Nemo's different attitude toward commercial ships and warships beginning with his statements early on about the Scotia and the Abraham Lincoln. Make the connection about Jule Verne's feelings about war.

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