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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 is Takeo Yoshida?

2. What are Dirk Pitt, Sr., and Al Giordino doing in the Philippines?

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

4. What was smallpox known as by the ancient Aztecs?

5. Who does Dirk call after Cussler returns him to Inchon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do Dirk and Sarah escape the thugs in the Cadillac in Chapter 18?

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

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

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

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

8. What is Kang's true motivation for wanting the American military out of South Korea?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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