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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 does the Sea Rover search for in Chapter 22?

2. How is the Japanese sub discovered on the ocean floor?

3. What has been removed from the Japanese sub Dirk and Dahlgren discover?

4. What happens to the U.S. ambassador to Japan?

5. What is the new name of the Baekje?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Admiral Sandecker and his role in Chapter 31.

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

6. What do Dirk and Dahlgren discover about the I-403 in Chapter 9?

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

8. Describe how Dirk and Summer escape from the I-411 in Chapter 25.

9. Where was it supposed that stocks of smallpox virus were stored, as cited in Chapter 15?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Black Wind is populated with larger-than-life characters, performing larger-than-life deeds. The theme of audaciousness is prevalent in both the protagonists and the antagonists. Select five plot points from the actions of each group, protagonists and antagonists, that personify the theme of "audaciousness." For each plot point, explain why that particular incident in the novel would justify being called "audacious."

Essay Topic 2

Black Wind was a father/son endeavor, written by both Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Evaluate the effectiveness of this teamwork. Identify any shifts in plot or tone that might be due to a different writer. Speculate as to why Clive Cussler may have included Dirk Cussler in the project. Finally, evaluate why Clive Cussler might have inserted himself into the story, and whether that is a wise choice or not. For additional consideration, can you think of other books or movies where an author or filmmaker might have inserted themselves into a story or film as a "cameo?" Is that a novelty or vanity move, or can it enhance the story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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