Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Around the World in 80 Days Take Home Test

     Around the World in 80 Days is brilliant book. Small  things made this novel brilliant, such as there's always something going on, most of the chapters end in cliff hangers, and the book holds the reader's interest. This novel is full of problems that lead to Passepartout and Phileas Fogg thinking on their feet. Three examples that show this are the incomplete train tracks in India, when the train was attacked by the Sioux, and Fogg not realizing they arrived  home a day early. In each of these problems, Passepartout's quick thinking fixes everything.

    The first real problem they had to deal with was the unfinished train tracks in India. This  was a problem because Passepartout and Fogg couldn't travel across India as fast as they planned. They lose time as a result and this leads to them having to find another way to cross India and make up time. Passepartout solved the problem by finding an elephant that Fogg purchases. "Monsieur, I think I have found a means of conveyance." "What?" "An elephant! An elephant that belongs to an Indian who lives but a hundred steps from here." "Let's go and see the elephant," replied Mr. Fogg."At two thousand pounds the Indian yielded.."What a price, good heavens!" cried Passepartout, "for an elephant." Even though Fogg purchased the elephant, the problem isn't over because they need a guide to get across India. They eventually find a guide and make up the lost time. With the elephant and the guide,  Passepartout's quick thinking and Fogg's willingness to spend money solved this problem.

     Traveling days in Around the World in 80 Days are full of adventure for Fogg, Passepartout, and their companions. Another example of Passepartout's quick thinking happened when their train in the U.S. was attacked by Sioux Indianans. "Mr. Fogg had not time to stop the brave fellow, who, opening a door unperceived by the Indians, succeeded in slipping under the car; and while the struggle continued and the balls whizzed across each other over his head, he made use of his old acrobatic experience, and with amazing agility worked his way under the cars, holding on to the chains, aiding himself by the brakes and edges of the sashes, creeping from one car to another with marvelous skill, and thus gaining the forward end of the train."  This is an example of quick thinking because they needed to come up with an idea to get rid of the Indians without losing time or people. Passepartout used his acrobatic skills to get underneath the train and locate the pin that connected the cars to the engine.  The cars rolled to a fort where guards scared off the Indians. If Passepartout had not been willing to put himself in danger and stop the train, people would have been killed and everything would have been lost. "   

      The third example of quick thinking happens in London at the end of the book. Passepartout was sent by Fogg to find a minster so Fogg and Aouda could get married.They thought that it was a Sunday and the next day was a Monday but Passepartout discovered it was Saturday."In three minutes he was in Saville Row again, and staggered back into Mr. Fogg's room. He could not speak.'What is the matter?' asked Mr. Fogg. 'My master!' gasped Passepartout—'marriage—impossible—'Impossible?' 'Impossible—for to-morrow.' 'Why so?' 'Because to-morrow—is Sunday!' 'Monday,' replied Mr. Fogg.'No—to-day is Saturday.'" He immediately rushed back grabbed Fogg and started explaining what had happened on their way to the Reforme Club. Fogg walked in on time because of Passepartout's quick thinking and won the wager that started everything. Later Fogg rewarded Passepartout with a small amount of money for his quick thinking because without Passepartout, Fogg wouldn't have made it around the world in eighty days. 

    These three events show quick thinking. In each of these situations,  Passepartout's quick thinking saved the day. Without quick thinking, Fogg would have been stranded several times in different parts of the world and would have continued to lose time. Passepartout's quick thinking saved several lives, helped Fogg make up lost time, and helped him win the bet. 

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