Black Wind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 attacks the Sea Rover in Chapter 26?

2. What do Dirk and Summer find on board the I-411?

3. Who is Kang's assistant?

4. What river does Kang's lair overlook?

5. What happens to the U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Dirk and Summer go about exploring the sunken Japanese submarine in Chapter 24, and what do they discover?

2. What is significant about the Chinese junk that rescues Dirk and Summer in Chapter 36?

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

4. Describe briefly the history of the use of Zyklon B.

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

6. Why does Tanaka lie to Commander Ogawa in the introduction when Ogawa asks if his crew is in danger in the book's introduction?

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

8. What is the mission of the Japanese Red Army?

9. How does Kang plan to use the Odyssey in Chapter 37?

10. Describe Kang's role as he is revealed in Chapter 14.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A good villain can make or break a story. Evaluate Kang - his nature, his mind, his strategy, his tactics, and his temperament as he relates to the story. Discuss in detail his "psychological profile," citing specific incidents or quotes that support your findings. Discuss his relationships with both his henchmen and the story's protagonists. Determine and discuss his effectiveness as a villain as he serves the story.

Essay Topic 2

Black Wind is populated with larger-than-life characters, performing larger-than-life deeds. The theme of audaciousness is prevalent in both the protagonists and the antagonists. Select five plot points from the actions of each group, protagonists and antagonists, that personify the theme of "audaciousness." For each plot point, explain why that particular incident in the novel would justify being called "audacious."

Essay Topic 3

Black Wind was a father/son endeavor, written by both Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Evaluate the effectiveness of this teamwork. Identify any shifts in plot or tone that might be due to a different writer. Speculate as to why Clive Cussler may have included Dirk Cussler in the project. Finally, evaluate why Clive Cussler might have inserted himself into the story, and whether that is a wise choice or not. For additional consideration, can you think of other books or movies where an author or filmmaker might have inserted themselves into a story or film as a "cameo?" Is that a novelty or vanity move, or can it enhance the story?

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