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Around the World in Eighty Days Teaching Unit
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- Around the World in Eighty Days was published as a newspaper serial in 1872. How do you think this type of publication affected the narrative?
- Do you take much sense of place from the journey around the world? What impression do the statistical descriptions leave upon the reader?
- What type of narrator does Verne employ? Briefly characterize the narrator.
- What understanding does Around the World in Eighty Days give the reader of Verne’s views on colonialism and the British Empire? Cite supporting details.
- As the note to this novel reveals, Verne, a Frenchman, has been called the “founder of science fiction.” Science fiction has been termed an American genre. Discuss these two labels in light of Verne’s treatment of Americans in Around the World in Eighty Days.
- Do you think names of characters bear any significance in this novel? Explain.
- How do you think the time period when Verne wrote influenced his feelings on science and progress? Support with historical evidence and details from the novel.
- Explain how Verne employs the literary device of the foil in Around the World in Eighty Days.
- Discuss Verne's characterizations of different nationalities in the novel, particularly the French, the English, and Americans.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.