Iceberg Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 kind of boat are they directed to at the dock?

2. How does Rondheim feel about the way Pitt is behaving at the restaurant?

3. What do Pitt and Kirsti do at first at the table in the restaurant?

4. What is obvious when they find the ship in the iceberg?

5. How did Hunnewell feel about Fyrie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Pitt's final conversation with Kirsti.

2. Who is Lee Koski and what is he watching on his deck during a storm?

3. What happened in the confrontation between Pitt and Lillie?

4. Who is on patrol in the beginning of the book and what do they find?

5. What does Pitt do when Rondheim joins them and how does Rondheim respond?

6. Who is Pitt pleased to see on the rescue vehicle and what happens after Pitt boards?

7. What does the person at the hanger tell Pitt?

8. How does Pitt feel towards Sandecker and the Admiral towards Pitt?

9. What does Pitt do off the boat? What does Sandecker see? What does Pitt discover?

10. How does Pitt act when he first arrives at the party and how is he dressed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Jerome P. Lillie is introduced. His role as a National Security agent who is working with Pitt now allows Pitt to access information from another, wider-reaching source. Typical of Pitt, threats and physical action must occur before the two men can respect each other, but once Lillie earns Pitt's trust, Pitt tells him everything.

1. What do you think the fact that Pitt has to have threats and physical action before he can respect a man says about his character?

2. In your opinion, discuss whether you believe the author is trying too hard to make Pitt look really masculine and tough. Include in your discussion whether you believe Pitt would be just as likable a character if he was less macho.

3. Discuss whether you think the job in which Lillie works and Pitt must have highly masculine, tough people in order to do the job.

Essay Topic 3

This novel is an adventure/suspense novel. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why are these types of novels popular?

2. What can a reader learn from this type of novel especially about how to deal with difficult situations?

3. Discuss how this adventure/suspense novel, written in the 1970's differs from those written in the 21st. century.

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