Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What injury does Sarah sustain in the car chase and subsequent wreck?
2. What attacks the Sea Rover in Chapter 26?
3. Where is the Japanese submarine discovered by a fishing boat?
4. Where are the U.S. ambassador to Japan and British ambassador to Japan found at the opening of Chapter 4?
5. How do Dirk and Summer propose to salvage the bombs from the I-411?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Dirk Pitt, Sr., and Al Giordino do in response to Raul Biazon's request in Chapter 12?
2. Why do Sarah and the other scientists survive the same toxin that killed the two meteorologists in Chapter 1?
3. How do Dirk and Sarah escape the thugs in the Cadillac in Chapter 18?
4. What is the combination of toxins used in the chemical/biological weapon described in Chapter 32?
5. What initially happens after Dirk and Dahlgren board the Odyssey?
6. How does Pitt Sr. escape the sinking Odyssey platform?
7. What happens during the final showdown between Dirk and Kang?
8. What are Kang and those on board the Sea Rover looking for in Chapter 22?
9. What do Dirk and Sarah surmise about the fishing trawler at the conclusion of Chapter 3?
10. What do Dirk and Summer plan to do after joining the Deep Endeavor in Chapter 46?
Two women play notable roles in Black Wind - Dirk Jr.'s sister, Summer, and his girlfriend, Sarah. Discuss the place women hold in Black Wind. Evaluate the Cusslers' ability to write convincing female characters, if they are stereotypical or something unique, and what part they contribute to the novel. Compare and contrast these two women, noting if they are more active or passive parts of the story.
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.
Death comes frequently and casually to many of the characters in Black Wind. One might argue that Cussler takes death lightly. There are incidents of death occurring one on one (one person at the hands of another). Other deaths take place randomly. Still other deaths involve the killing of masses of people, often at the wishes of one person. Evaluate the reality of death in this book. Compare and contrast the different forms of death. Which seem more destructive? Which seem more "evil?" Which have the most impact on the reader? Explain your answers in some depth.
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