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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 is the name of the Japanese sub Dirk and Dahlgren investigate in Chapters 8 and 9?

2. Who is Hiram Yaeger?

3. What does the Sea Rover search for in Chapter 22?

4. How do Kang and his men plan to sink the Sea Rover?

5. What is the Starfish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe how Kang attempts to salvage his plan after the failed rocket launch.

4. What ultimately happens to the Koguryo and to Lee?

5. What happens to the Narwhal?

6. How does Pitt Sr. escape the sinking Odyssey platform?

7. Describe Dirk's role with the SEAL team in Chapter 64.

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

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

10. How does Dirk Sr. try to foil the launch of the rocket from the Odyssey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Two women play notable roles in Black Wind - Dirk Jr.'s sister, Summer, and his girlfriend, Sarah. Discuss the place women hold in Black Wind. Evaluate the Cusslers' ability to write convincing female characters, if they are stereotypical or something unique, and what part they contribute to the novel. Compare and contrast these two women, noting if they are more active or passive parts of the story.

Essay Topic 3

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few ... or the one," Mr. Spock said. Throughout Black Wind, the heroes are put in situations where personal sacrifice is a possible course of action. Identify several incidents in the book where one or more of the characters took Mr. Spock's admonition to heart. Describe those incidents, the crisis that precipitated the incident, and the characters' response to it. Discuss whether or not sacrifice was actually called for or whether an alternative response would have been just as effective.

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