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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 an "evil wind?"

2. What is the Japanese Red Army?

3. What is the Baekje?

4. Why do those on board the research vessel head back to port after the rescue?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the assassin in Chapter 4.

3. Where was it supposed that stocks of smallpox virus were stored, as cited in Chapter 15?

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

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

6. Describe what happens to Robert Bridges in Chapter 7.

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

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

9. Describe the death of the first two meteorologists in Chapter 1.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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."

Essay Topic 2

Black Wind is chock-full of familiar characters. Even if one has never read any of Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels, the reader will recognize many archetypes - the hero(s), the villain, the mentor, the deceiver, etc. Looking at the novel as a whole, select five characters. For each character, (a) compare them to other similar characters in fiction - other heroes, other villains, etc.; (b) evaluate how creative Cussler has been in breathing new life into these familiar types.

Essay Topic 3

Black Wind was a father/son endeavor, written by both Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Evaluate the effectiveness of this teamwork. Identify any shifts in plot or tone that might be due to a different writer. Speculate as to why Clive Cussler may have included Dirk Cussler in the project. Finally, evaluate why Clive Cussler might have inserted himself into the story, and whether that is a wise choice or not. For additional consideration, can you think of other books or movies where an author or filmmaker might have inserted themselves into a story or film as a "cameo?" Is that a novelty or vanity move, or can it enhance the story?

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