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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 does Gunn know the Sea Rover has disappeared?
2. What is the name of the island at the lower end of Puget Sound that Dirk and Sarah go to?
3. Who does Kang meet with in his mansion in Chapter 14?
4. What does Dirk research when stopping at a small town called Warrenton?
5. What is the payload on board the I-403's final voyage?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is so audacious about the way Kang plans to kill Dirk and Summer in Chapter 34?
2. Describe what happens on board the command boat that is supposed to launch with the Odyssey in Chapter 40.
3. Describe what happens as the Sea Rover is being flooded in Chapter 28 and how the crew is rescued.
4. Describe what happens to Robert Bridges in Chapter 7.
5. What is Kang's true motivation for wanting the American military out of South Korea?
6. Describe how Dirk and Summer escape from the I-411 in Chapter 25.
7. What are Kang and those on board the Sea Rover looking for in Chapter 22?
8. Describe Admiral Sandecker and his role in Chapter 31.
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 do Dirk and Summer go about exploring the sunken Japanese submarine in Chapter 24, and what do they discover?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dialogue can often propel a story forward. Cussler's heroes tend to make broad, inspirational statements and have plenty of quips at the ready. His villains tend to do everything but twirl their mustaches - note the times when the villains speak, they "hiss" or their words are "spat out." Looking through the novel, pick out ten quotes from the protagonists (the two Dirks, Summer, Al, Jack, etc.) and ten quotes from the antagonists (Kang, Tongju, etc.) Try to come up with a mix of quotes that sound pitch-perfect and persuasive, and quotes that are "groaners," better suited as balloons in a cartoon panel. For each quote, evaluate why it does or doesn't work, and discuss whether or not Cussler's use of dialogue is appropriate for the book's context or not.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Virtually all of Black Wind takes place either above, on the surface of, or under the sea. It is obviously an environment Cussler feels comfortable with. Discuss whether or not the sea itself could be considered a character in the book, whether it is benign or threatening, how the characters relate to it, and if the story be told in some fashion on dry land. Consider, too, if the sea could act as a symbol. If so, what might it be symbolic of?
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