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. How is the Japanese sub discovered on the ocean floor?

2. Who is the U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission?

3. What make of car does Dirk drive in Chapter 17?

4. Who is Garner Ward?

5. What do Dirk and Jack initially think the fishing trawler is doing in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the role of the USS Benfold in Chapter 63?

3. What happens to Keith Catana in Chapter 11?

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

5. What happens to the Narwhal?

6. Describe what happens after Dirk Sr. and Al spot the Badger tied up to the Odyssey.

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

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

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

10. What do Dirk Jr. and Dahlgren do after the destruction of the Coast Guard ship?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Black Wind, the good guys are uncomplicated, straightforward, untainted heroes; the bad guys are irredeemably bad. Choose three characters from each category, either heroes or villains. For each character, write an analysis. Include any nuances in each character you discover. For instance, note any elements of Dirk Jr.'s character that show him to be conflicted in any way; for Kang, note and discuss any positive traits. Also note whether Cussler has written two dimensional characters or characters with some depth. Evaluate whether or not his choices in characterization could have made for a better or worse novel.

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