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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 injury does Sarah sustain in the car chase and subsequent wreck?

2. What attacks the Sea Rover in Chapter 26?

3. Where is the Japanese submarine discovered by a fishing boat?

4. Where are the U.S. ambassador to Japan and British ambassador to Japan found at the opening of Chapter 4?

5. How do Dirk and Summer propose to salvage the bombs from the I-411?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the combination of toxins used in the chemical/biological weapon described in Chapter 32?

5. What initially happens after Dirk and Dahlgren board the Odyssey?

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

7. What happens during the final showdown between Dirk and Kang?

8. What are Kang and those on board the Sea Rover looking for in Chapter 22?

9. What do Dirk and Sarah surmise about the fishing trawler at the conclusion of Chapter 3?

10. What do Dirk and Summer plan to do after joining the Deep Endeavor in Chapter 46?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate Cussler as a storyteller. How effective is he at winding out a yarn? Can you evaluate his storytelling ability apart from his writing style, the believability of his characters, and the plausibility of the plot? If he were to ask your counsel, i.e. "How can I improve my storytelling?", what would you tell him? Consider his writing style. How would you define it? What about the elements of pacing? His ability to keep the reader engaged? To move readers to complete "just one more chapter?" Identify specific elements from the book that support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

In an action novel, it might be tempting for the reader to skip over the "boring" parts to get to the "good parts." How well do the Cusslers perform the writer's task of pacing a novel? Discuss the pace of the novel, noting if it is successful in keeping the reader engaged through the "slow" parts, and whether or not the action sequences are well-staged and understandable. Use specific sections or setpieces in the novel to support your contentions. Note, too, any tricks of the writer's trade the Cusslers employ to keep the pages turning.

Essay Topic 3

Death comes frequently and casually to many of the characters in Black Wind. One might argue that Cussler takes death lightly. There are incidents of death occurring one on one (one person at the hands of another). Other deaths take place randomly. Still other deaths involve the killing of masses of people, often at the wishes of one person. Evaluate the reality of death in this book. Compare and contrast the different forms of death. Which seem more destructive? Which seem more "evil?" Which have the most impact on the reader? Explain your answers in some depth.

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