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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 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Black Wind is full of novel gadgets, watercraft, aircraft, and other technological gizmos. Discuss how effective Cussler is in integrating technology into his novel, how much technology contributes to the overall plot, whether or not he gets bogged down in minutiae, and whether or not the reader feels that he/she needs a degree from M.I.T. to follow what is happening.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of destruction for personal gain runs throughout the novel. Looking at the book as a whole, discuss how substantive this theme is, evaluating whether or not it is compelling enough to support the weight of the whole book. Identify several incidences in the plot that support this theme and evaluate how effective those incidents are in holding the story together.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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