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Journey to the Center of the Earth

What is the setting of Journey to the Center of the Earth?

When setting is broadly discussed, it usually refers to the physical location and the time period in which the story is taking place. The previous post correctly identifies the specific countries...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2017 3:47 pm UTC

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Who is Grauben?

As Otto Lidenbrock, Axel, and Hans descend further into the earth, they encounter a truly awesome spectacle—a gigantic crater. As far as the eye can see, the men are surrounded by features of the...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018 1:24 pm UTC

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What is the theme of Journey to the Center of the Earth?

In the famous adventure novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel discover a message left by explorer Arne Saknussemm in the pages of an...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 1:28 am UTC

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What are the major events, crises and complications in Journey to the Centre of the Earth?

Otto Lidenbrock finds an old journal with instructions on how to get to the center of the Earth and follows them, facing and overcoming many dangers but not actually getting to the center. One of...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2014 7:52 pm UTC

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What is the setting of Journey to the Center of the Earth, and why is it important? 

Large portions of the setting for this story are fictional. At the time that Verne wrote this book, geologists were not sure what the interior of Earth was like. In typical Verne fashion, the text...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 3:43 pm UTC

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What problems did the characters face in Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Journey to the Center of the Earth was written by Jules Verne. It tells a story about three men who go on an excursion to attempt to reach the center of the earth. Although the men do not...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019 12:28 pm UTC

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What is the profession of Professor Lidenbrock?

Professor Otto Lidenbrock is a geology professor from Hamburg, Germany who is also is the curator of a mineralogy museum. It is his purchase of an Icelandic saga that inspires the journey to the...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 6:29 am UTC

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What gadgets did they use in Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Jules Verne is nothing if not methodical in his listing of the equipment and supplies for the expedition. In addition to the mineralogical articles (mentioned during the build up to the journey,...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 1:58 pm UTC

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In Journey to the Center of the Earth, why does Axel not want to go on the trip?

Axel does not want to go on the trip because he is, in a word, frightened. The journey seems to him to be fraught with danger, what with having to go inside a volcano (albeit an extinct one) and...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2013 7:54 pm UTC

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Why did axel not want to go on the trip?

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a novel by Jules Verne, originally published in French in the year 1864. The story is narrated by Axel Lidenbrock, a young man who lives in Hamburg, Germany...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 2:33 am UTC

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What type of creatures do they meet?

The travelers, en route to the center of the earth, see exotic creatures not found on the surface of the planet. For example, they view living dinosaurs, such as an Ichthyosaurus and a Plesiosaurus...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019 5:47 pm UTC

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Is Journey to the Center of the Earth fiction or nonfiction?

These days, since bookshelves and television series are absolutely filled with amazing, real accounts of explorations of the earth, the oceans, and space, it's a good idea to pause for a moment...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016 3:11 pm UTC

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Describe the mastodons and their keeper in Journey to the Centre of the Earth. 

The mastodons are a huge race of prehistoric beasts, which resemble elephants. As they roam through the primeval forest inside the earth, they are an awe-inspiring sight, but their keeper astounds...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2013 9:35 pm UTC

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What events in A Journey to the Center of the Earth have lots of action?

If you are hoping for action packed sequences like what happen in an Avengers movie, then you are not going to find them in this book. That doesn't mean there are not exciting and tense parts...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015 1:40 pm UTC

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In Journey to the Center of the Earth, what is the difference between the mushroom forests and the forests found on...

Readers are not told too much about the mushroom forest, so we are forced to apply some of our own scientific knowledge to the unique forest. What we are told about the forest does ring similar to...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 2:13 pm UTC

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Describe the horses in Journey to the Center of the Earth.

The horses in Journey to the Center of the Earth are described as “small but vigorous.” They are Icelandic horses and built for the difficult and rugged terrain that Otto Lidenbrock, along with his...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019 9:08 am UTC

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In Journey to the Center of the Earth, what island did they resurface on?

This is a fairly common question concerning this book, and often readers and educators misinterpret the geography of the text. A common misconception is that the explorers in the story emerge from...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2018 2:32 am UTC

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Describe the subterranean forests in Journey to the Centre of the Earth. 

The mushroom forest in the subterranean regions has a very strange aspect. At first Axel takes the mushrooms for tall and peculiarly motionless, colourless trees. Here, however, the forests contain...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2013 9:11 pm UTC

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Which three people go on a secret expedition to the center of the earth?

The first character is Professor Lidenbrock. He is a professor of geology and mineralogy in Hamburg, Germany. He is incredibly hardworking and quite an optimistic character. These two traits are...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018 4:15 pm UTC

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Why was Professor Lidenbrock excited when he returned from the bookshop in Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Journey to the Center of the Earth is an adventure and science-fiction tale written in 1864 by Jules Verne. It tells the tale of three men—Dr. Otto Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel, and their guide...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 5:17 am UTC

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Who is Axel and Alec?

Axel is one of the main characters in the Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. He is the book's narrator, nephew of Professor Otto Lidenbrock, who obtains an ancient Icelandic...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 1:41 pm UTC

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How did processor Liedenbrock discover the hidden secret in Journey to the Center of the Earth?

In May of 1863, geologist Professor Otto Lidenbrock, the protagonist of Jules Verne's 1864 novel Journey to the Center of the Earth finds a coded note written on parchment in the runic manuscript...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 9:52 pm UTC

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What happens after water comes from the hole?  

Without a specific chapter to go on, I am making an educated guess that this question is asking about an event sequence that begins at the end of chapter 40. During this chapter, the men have...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018 9:26 pm UTC

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What did they find on their second descent?

The wording of your question is a bit difficult to understand. The entirety of the narrative of Journey to the Center of the Earth takes place over the course of a single descent in the direction...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 2:10 pm UTC

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How does Axel describe Iceland in Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Axel leaves for Iceland on the 2nd of June on the Danish Schooner Valkyrie. On the 11th of June, with sharks and whales circling the boat (page 46), he catches his first glimpse of the Iceland...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019 8:50 am UTC

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How can I compare this story with Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe? More specifically, the passages I need to compare...

The most marked likeness between the two stories is the rational approach the men take to their new environment. Otto the scientist provides the scientific background to explain what is going on at...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018 1:32 pm UTC

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Is it possible to reach the center of the earth (as the heroes try to do in Journey to the Center of the Earth)?

In the novel, Professor Lidenbrock and the others descend deep beneath the earth and reach a granite wall. They blast through it, but instead of finding a passageway to the center of the earth,...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019 4:42 pm UTC

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What are two pieces of gear they took for the journey in Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Axel outlines in detail the various gear the travelers will take with them to the center of the earth, dividing it into categories: instruments to take measurements and guide the journey; arms...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020 1:25 pm UTC

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If I change the setting of "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" without changing the characters, how would the story...

It depends on the type of setting you change it to. The novel is a tale of adventure (the science of this work is completely off-base, as opposed to some of Verne's other works, most notable 20,000...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2009 8:40 am UTC

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What do literature books have that make them suitable to be studied? I have to do a book review on why that book...

This is a tough assignment. I can only offer a few suggestions to hopefully get you started. First, you ought to tell what the book is about and not assume that your reader has ever read it. Your...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2012 2:12 pm UTC

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What did the professor do with the piece of the paper that Axel put on the table?

At the beginning of chapter 2, Professor Liedenbrock is a very excited man. He just bought a very old book—seven hundred years old, to be precise—which he is perusing enthusiastically in his study...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 11:07 am UTC

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What words did Axel see when he fanned himself with the document in Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Axel is a reluctant hero. He is at his core incredibly cautious, and he knows that the Professor is (and will thus act) the opposite way. The protégé initially hopes to keep his uncle from even...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 7:53 pm UTC

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On the plane in Journey to the Center of the Earth, Trevor is trying to decipher a code, and he thinks it has...

Just to be clear, this question relates to the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth and not the original Jules Verne story. In the scene referred to above, Trevor Anderson is on board a...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 11:28 am UTC

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In the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, is the theme related to power and corruption? What would be a good...

You can't really say that Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" shows a theme related to power and corruption—the nearest the novel gets to that would be Professor Lindenbrock's scientific...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 7:08 pm UTC

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