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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 do Pitt and Hunnewell find on the surface of the iceberg?

2. What has Koski puzzled about the landing of the helicopter?

3. Who was in the boat that left the submarine?

4. The morning after Pitt arrives on the cutter where does Dover take him and Hunnewell?

5. Why does Hunnewell chastise Pitt?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Pitt and Hunnewell discussing as they fly towards Reykjavik in Chapter 5?

2. Describe the scene between Pitt and the boat chasing him.

3. How does Hunnewell feel about Fyrie and what does he tell Pitt about the man?

4. What causes Koski suspicions when Pitt is being shown around the ship?

5. What do Pitt and those with him find when they get on a boat?

6. Who is with Pitt when he awakens? How does he feel about her and she about him?

7. Who does Lt. Dover bring first to Koski and what does that person do? What is Koski's response?

8. What do Pitt and Hunnewell do when they depart the first iceberg? What does Pitt think when they land?

9. What situation is explained to Koski?

10. What happens to Pitt and Hunnewell immediately after the crash?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pitt goes to the general transient aviation hanger, and locates the mechanic who scratched his initials into the hydraulic pump Pitt found. The mechanic tells Pitt about a couple men who contracted with him to do some work and would not sign off on the job. Cashman found a way to cover himself by making out a report and he was able to record the call numbers for the jet.

1. Amazing coincidence, isn't it? Narrative contrivance is the term used when barely plausible events occur in order to advance the plot. Explain why, with examples, this situation with the black jet could be a narrative contrivance.

2. The mechanic certainly sounds like he's on the ball. What do you think, in real life the chances are that most mechanics would do what Cashman did? Explain your answer.

3. Why do you think a mechanic would give Pitt the information he gave him? Explain your answer using text from the book to support it.

Essay Topic 2

Kelly speaks of goodness, of re-writing history, of compassion for the masses; yet his actions are tinged with violence. James Kelly has worthy goals and ideals, but he has surrounded himself with ruthless killers in order to accomplish these ideals.

1. James Kelly seems to believe the end justifies the means. Discuss what this concept means in relationship to what James Kelly says he is trying to do.

2. Discuss the concept that good which associates itself with evil cannot long survive in view of the above statement.

3. Throughout history there have been people who believe they know what is best for everyone and attempt to impose their will on the "masses." Following research, compare an incident in history of this type of situation to the one James Kelly is attempting.

Essay Topic 3

Pitt's character is revealed as that of an officer who is greatly respected and admired but operates outside the normal rules and regulations. He is a maverick who gets things done.

1. What have you read of Pitt in the first few chapters that explain him being admired and respected? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think the word maverick means in the context of the above statement? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Do you think someone in the military should be allowed to operate outside the normal rules and regulations? What types of situations can that type of behavior incur?

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