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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

Evaluate Cussler as a storyteller. How effective is he at winding out a yarn? Can you evaluate his storytelling ability apart from his writing style, the believability of his characters, and the plausibility of the plot? If he were to ask your counsel, i.e. "How can I improve my storytelling?", what would you tell him? Consider his writing style. How would you define it? What about the elements of pacing? His ability to keep the reader engaged? To move readers to complete "just one more chapter?" Identify specific elements from the book that support your answers.

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

In Black Wind, the good guys are uncomplicated, straightforward, untainted heroes; the bad guys are irredeemably bad. Choose three characters from each category, either heroes or villains. For each character, write an analysis. Include any nuances in each character you discover. For instance, note any elements of Dirk Jr.'s character that show him to be conflicted in any way; for Kang, note and discuss any positive traits. Also note whether Cussler has written two dimensional characters or characters with some depth. Evaluate whether or not his choices in characterization could have made for a better or worse novel.

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