Black Wind Test | 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 is the payload on board the I-403's final voyage?

2. Who is Dae-jong Kang?

3. What animals experienced mysterious deaths in the area of the research vessel?

4. What is the sunken Japanese ship in Chapter 13 leaking?

5. Who does Catana meet at a bar in South Korea?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is revealed to have happened in the town of Warrenton in 1942?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe briefly the history of the use of Zyklon B.

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

10. What happens to Keith Catana in Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is a literary technique by which an author alerts a reader to some degree for what will happen later in his work. Cussler uses this technique effectively. Discuss how he employs foreshadowing in this novel. In your discussion, evaluate whether his use of foreshadowing is part of the general atmosphere of the work, if he employs a specific scene or object which gives a clue as to what might happen later in the plot, or a combination of both. Cite examples.

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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