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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 does the bald man in the hotel room do to Catana?

2. How do Kang and his men plan to sink the Sea Rover?

3. Why do those on board the research vessel head back to port after the rescue?

4. How does Summer save Dirk from drowning?

5. Who is Takeo Yoshida?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Sarah and the other scientists survive the same toxin that killed the two meteorologists in Chapter 1?

2. Describe Admiral Sandecker and his role in Chapter 31.

3. Describe what happens on board the command boat that is supposed to launch with the Odyssey in Chapter 40.

4. What are Kang and those on board the Sea Rover looking for in Chapter 22?

5. How do Dirk and Sarah escape the thugs in the Cadillac in Chapter 18?

6. What do Dirk and Dahlgren discover about the I-403 in Chapter 9?

7. Describe what happens to Robert Bridges in Chapter 7.

8. What do Dirk and Sarah surmise about the fishing trawler at the conclusion of Chapter 3?

9. What is the outcome of the meeting between Dirk and bureaucrats from the Department of Homeland Security?

10. Describe how Dirk and Summer escape from the I-411 in Chapter 25.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Black Wind is chock-full of familiar characters. Even if one has never read any of Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels, the reader will recognize many archetypes - the hero(s), the villain, the mentor, the deceiver, etc. Looking at the novel as a whole, select five characters. For each character, (a) compare them to other similar characters in fiction - other heroes, other villains, etc.; (b) evaluate how creative Cussler has been in breathing new life into these familiar types.

Essay Topic 2

Dialogue can often propel a story forward. Cussler's heroes tend to make broad, inspirational statements and have plenty of quips at the ready. His villains tend to do everything but twirl their mustaches - note the times when the villains speak, they "hiss" or their words are "spat out." Looking through the novel, pick out ten quotes from the protagonists (the two Dirks, Summer, Al, Jack, etc.) and ten quotes from the antagonists (Kang, Tongju, etc.) Try to come up with a mix of quotes that sound pitch-perfect and persuasive, and quotes that are "groaners," better suited as balloons in a cartoon panel. For each quote, evaluate why it does or doesn't work, and discuss whether or not Cussler's use of dialogue is appropriate for the book's context or not.

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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