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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. Who was the creator of the G8 summit?

2. Who is the Ukrainian that runs Kang's research lab?

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

4. What does Summer try to use to cut through the iron ring she and Dirk are handcuffed to?

5. Where are Dirk and Summer during the attack on the Sea Rover?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe what happens as the Sea Rover is being flooded in Chapter 28 and how the crew is rescued.

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

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

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

8. What will the disease-laden weapon that Kang plans to launch accomplish?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Dirk Pitt, Jr., is the hub of several relational spokes. Dirk Jr. relates to his father, his sister, his girlfriend, his sidekick, even his enemy. Choose five of Dirk's relationships, and explore them by comparing and contrasting those relationships to each other. Evaluate how Dirk's relationship with each of them shows a different facet of his nature and personality. Explain how persuasive and believable these relationships are.

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