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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. Why do those on board the research vessel head back to port after the rescue?

2. What character is stricken by smallpox in Chapter 16?

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

4. How do Sarah and her fellow scientists survive?

5. What is the stated desire of the Japanese Red Army?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the outcome of the meeting between Dirk and bureaucrats from the Department of Homeland Security?

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

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

4. What do Dirk Pitt, Sr., and Al Giordino do in response to Raul Biazon's request in Chapter 12?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Black Wind begins, as do many of Cussler's books, with a historical incident. Explain why Cussler employs this technique. Discuss how the historical context provides foundation for the rest of the story. Discuss how effective this device is, going into some detail as to whether this acts as a distraction or as a necessary part of the storytelling.

Essay Topic 2

Looking at Black Wind as a whole, describe what you think the authors were trying to accomplish. Consider whether they were trying to make a statement about the current world situation, whether the book should be viewed as as treatise of good vs. evil, or if the goal was just to tell a rip-roaring adventure yarn. Do not limit yourself to these suggestions - place yourself in the Cusslers' shoes as Clive said, "OK, son, what do you want to do with this book?" Justify your answers in detail.

Essay Topic 3

Black Wind is chock-full of familiar characters. Even if one has never read any of Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels, the reader will recognize many archetypes - the hero(s), the villain, the mentor, the deceiver, etc. Looking at the novel as a whole, select five characters. For each character, (a) compare them to other similar characters in fiction - other heroes, other villains, etc.; (b) evaluate how creative Cussler has been in breathing new life into these familiar types.

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