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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Unit Study: Part 5

"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne makes a really good literatur unit to combine with oceanograpy, marine biology, seamanship, the science fiction genre, etc. Part five of this unit study covers Part 1, Chapters 21 - 23 of the book.

As with many classics, there are several versions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on the market. The edition that I am using for this unit was originally published by Classic Press, Inc. in 1968.

Suggested Vocabulary:
aegri somnia

If you would like to download a free copy of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, one of the best downloads that Iíve found is available from http://www.knowledgerush.com/books/2000010.html. Its a no frills, continuous copy of the book.

Online-Literature.com also has 20,000 Leagues as well as several over works by the author Jules Verne. And at http://www.selfknowledge.com/446au.htm there is a realaudio version of the book you can listen to!

Book Summary from http://www.people.virginia.edu/~mtp0f/flips/jules.html
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is about the adventures of Captain Nemo and his crew aboard the submarine, Nautilus. One day ships start sinking, particularly ones dealing with war. Survivors think it is a big whale. A harpoon ship goes out to kill it, but finds out that the whale is actually the Nautilus. The most interesting part of this book was probably the Nautilus itself. It is shaped to look like a fish, with a large metal fin on top used to ram and sink the ships. The camouflage of the boat being shaped like a whale works, up until the part where the Nautilus takes on a few passengers from one of the sinking ships. Another intriguing part of this book was Captain Nemo. He is the kind of character that you neither like nor dislike. I say this, because of some of Nemoís actions. Captain Nemo hates war, and throughout the book, he uses his submarine to destroy all kinds of war related ships. You would like him for trying to put an end to war, but dislike his method (destroying ships and killing innocent lives).

Suggested Questions and Activities:

1. Chapter Twenty-One is titled Captain Nemo's Thunderbolt. What was the "thunderbolt"? Why do you think this was a good title for this chapter?

2. Why was Captain Nemo so unconcerned about the appearance of the savages?.

3. How do ou think that M. Aronnax's reaction and description of the savages typified the European view of natives in the mid 1800's?

4. Continue to chart, as possible, the various gepgraphic points mentioned in the story.

5. Sketch your favorite scene from each chapter in your log book.

6. Research phosphorescence in sea life.

7. Research differetn kinds of jelly fish. Draw pictures of at least three different jelly fish, noting thier similarities and differences in a Venn Diagram.

8. Continue to draw and research all of the sea life that appears in these chapters.

9. What occured to remind Aronnax and Conseil of the strageness of their situation after they had adjusted to their captivity?

10. Continue studying coral reefs from the links listed in previous parts of this unit study.

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