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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. Who is the U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission?
2. What is the name of the Japanese sub Dirk and Dahlgren investigate in Chapters 8 and 9?
3. Who was the creator of the G8 summit?
4. What is Kang's plan for Korea?
5. Where are the U.S. ambassador to Japan and British ambassador to Japan found at the opening of Chapter 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Dirk and Dahlgren discover about the I-403 in Chapter 9?
2. What is the mission of the Japanese Red Army?
3. What is revealed to have happened in the town of Warrenton in 1942?
4. Why does Tanaka lie to Commander Ogawa in the introduction when Ogawa asks if his crew is in danger in the book's introduction?
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 do Dirk and Sarah surmise about the fishing trawler at the conclusion of Chapter 3?
8. How do Dirk and Sarah escape the thugs in the Cadillac in Chapter 18?
9. Describe what happens to Robert Bridges in Chapter 7.
10. Describe what happens as the Sea Rover is being flooded in Chapter 28 and how the crew is rescued.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Black Wind is populated with larger-than-life characters, performing larger-than-life deeds. The theme of audaciousness is prevalent in both the protagonists and the antagonists. Select five plot points from the actions of each group, protagonists and antagonists, that personify the theme of "audaciousness." For each plot point, explain why that particular incident in the novel would justify being called "audacious."
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