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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

There are two obvious "male buddy" relationships found in Black Wind. One is the relationship between Dirk Sr. and Al; the other is between Dirk Jr. and Jack. Compare and contrast these two relationships. How are they similar? How are they different? Which is more convincing and realistic? Why does Cussler emphasize these kinds of relationships?

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?

Virtually all of Black Wind takes place either above, on the surface of, or under the sea. It is obviously an environment Cussler feels comfortable with. Discuss whether or not the sea itself could be considered a character in the book, whether it is benign or threatening, how the characters relate to it, and if the story be told in some fashion on dry land. Consider, too, if the sea could act as a symbol. If so, what might it be symbolic of?

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