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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. Where was the probe the last time it was seen?

2. How does the crew mark the position of the iceberg?

3. What is another mystery about the probe Pitt wants to solve?

4. In the opening of Chapter Five where are Pitt and Hunnewell flying?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Pitt go after their boating incident? Who takes him and how does Pitt feel about that person? Who does Pitt find?

2. What does Pitt do when James is talking? How does James respond?

3. What does James Kelly explain to the group about Hermit Limited?

4. Why does Rondheim recite the Rime of the Ancient Mariner? What is Pitt's reaction?

5. What does Sandecker tell Pitt about the Lax and what was on it?

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

7. At the beginning of Chapter 9 where is Pitt going, how is he dressed and who is with him?

8. What favor does Pitt ask of Rondheim and how does he respond?

9. What had Fyrie's company invented and what did he plan to do with it?

10. What does Pitt do while Hunnewell probes the iceberg for the ship?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Hunnewell's death greatly affects Pitt, who feels he has lost a friend due to his own failures.

1. What does Pitt's believing his failure caused Hunnewell's death seem to suggest about his character? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. The above sentence suggest that Pitt and Hunnewell were friends. Discuss their friendship using examples from the text to illustrate your answer.

3. The death of a friend would affect anyone. Discuss how you think that would affect a person and what a person can do to deal with the grief.

Essay Topic 2

Dr. Hunnewell chastises Pitt for telling the Lt. Cmdr a lie about the reason for tracking down the iceberg.

1. Why do you think Hunnewell chastises Pitt for lying to Koski? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss, with examples, what you can infer about Hunnewell's character from his chastisement of Pitt.

3. Do you think there are situations in life, especially in the military that require being secretive or dishonest? Why or why not? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Tidi reacts hysterically to the fact the men in the hydrofoil are killed, but this gives Sandecker and Pitt a chance to explain their motives and their philosophy that it is better for them to survive than be killed by Oskar's henchmen.

1. Explain why one might judge the above statement to be sexist. Use examples from the book and real life to support your answer.

2. Realistically, shouldn't everyone, man or woman, get upset when people are killed? Do you agree with this statement? Explain why or why not.

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