Day 4

Around the World in 80 Days Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What opinion does the narrator appear to have toward Americans?

    Verne calls America, "this strange country, where the people are certainly not up to the level of their institutions." What do you think he means by this?

    What opinion does Verne express about American "institutions" (such as the railroad, or the City of San Francisco)? On the other hand, how does he portray the American people? Are any Americans presented favorably in Around the World in 80 Days.

  2. 2

    Verne includes a lot of description of the railway train, particularly in chapter XXVI. Why do you think he devotes so many pages to describing this?

    The transcontinental railroad was arguably the...

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