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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What part from a compressor on board the I-411 do Dirk and Summer try to use as a crowbar?
2. What injury does Sarah sustain in the car chase and subsequent wreck?
3. What animals experienced mysterious deaths in the area of the research vessel?
4. Who is Raul Biazon?
5. Who is the research vessel looking for in Chapter 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Keith Catana in Chapter 11?
2. How do Dirk and Summer go about exploring the sunken Japanese submarine in Chapter 24, and what do they discover?
3. How do Dirk and Sarah escape the thugs in the Cadillac in Chapter 18?
4. What do Dirk and Summer discover has happened as they return from their exploration of the I-411 in Chapter 27?
5. What do Dirk and Dahlgren discover about the I-403 in Chapter 9?
6. Describe briefly the history of the use of Zyklon B.
7. What does Kang plan to do with the Baekje?
8. Describe how Dirk and Summer escape from the I-411 in Chapter 25.
9. What are Kang and those on board the Sea Rover looking for in Chapter 22?
10. Describe what happens on board the command boat that is supposed to launch with the Odyssey in Chapter 40.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Virtually all of Black Wind takes place either above, on the surface of, or under the sea. It is obviously an environment Cussler feels comfortable with. Discuss whether or not the sea itself could be considered a character in the book, whether it is benign or threatening, how the characters relate to it, and if the story be told in some fashion on dry land. Consider, too, if the sea could act as a symbol. If so, what might it be symbolic of?
Essay Topic 2
Black Wind begins, as do many of Cussler's books, with a historical incident. Explain why Cussler employs this technique. Discuss how the historical context provides foundation for the rest of the story. Discuss how effective this device is, going into some detail as to whether this acts as a distraction or as a necessary part of the storytelling.
Essay Topic 3
"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few ... or the one," Mr. Spock said. Throughout Black Wind, the heroes are put in situations where personal sacrifice is a possible course of action. Identify several incidents in the book where one or more of the characters took Mr. Spock's admonition to heart. Describe those incidents, the crisis that precipitated the incident, and the characters' response to it. Discuss whether or not sacrifice was actually called for or whether an alternative response would have been just as effective.
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