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. Where does Sarah awaken in Chapter 2?

2. How was smallpox first introduced to the New World?

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

4. Who picks up Dirk and Summer to take them back to America?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Kang's role as he is revealed in Chapter 14.

2. How do Dirk Sr. and Al rescue Dirk Jr. and Jack from the Odyssey?

3. What do Dirk Pitt, Sr., and Al do after they land at LAX in Chapter 48?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the end of Tongju.

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

10. How does Kang plan to use the Odyssey in Chapter 37?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dirk Pitt, Jr., is the hub of several relational spokes. Dirk Jr. relates to his father, his sister, his girlfriend, his sidekick, even his enemy. Choose five of Dirk's relationships, and explore them by comparing and contrasting those relationships to each other. Evaluate how Dirk's relationship with each of them shows a different facet of his nature and personality. Explain how persuasive and believable these relationships are.

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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