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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. Where does the research vessel go after returning to port at the opening of Chapter 5?

2. Who is the commander of I-403?

3. Who is the captain of the Sea Rover?

4. Who is the U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission?

5. How does Kang intend for Dirk and Summer to die?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Dirk and Summer discover has happened as they return from their exploration of the I-411 in Chapter 27?

3. What does Kang plan to do with the Baekje?

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

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

6. What is so audacious about the way Kang plans to kill Dirk and Summer in Chapter 34?

7. What is the combination of toxins used in the chemical/biological weapon described in Chapter 32?

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

9. Describe the death of the first two meteorologists in Chapter 1.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the way Cussler structures his plot. Is he a "formula" writer? If so, what "formula" does he use? Analyzing the book as a whole, compare the book to other books or movies in popular culture. Since the Dirk Pitt books are considered a series or "franchise," compare them to other series or franchises. In your discussion, rate Cussler's work in Black Wind to any one entry in another series (we are assuming that Black Wind is the only Dirk Pitt novel you have read.) Compare and contrast heroes, villains, plots, etc.

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 an action novel, it might be tempting for the reader to skip over the "boring" parts to get to the "good parts." How well do the Cusslers perform the writer's task of pacing a novel? Discuss the pace of the novel, noting if it is successful in keeping the reader engaged through the "slow" parts, and whether or not the action sequences are well-staged and understandable. Use specific sections or setpieces in the novel to support your contentions. Note, too, any tricks of the writer's trade the Cusslers employ to keep the pages turning.

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