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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. Why does Pitt meet with an Admiral after he wakes?

2. How did Hunnewell feel about Fyrie?

3. What type of power does the sea probe use?

4. What does the crew see in the iceberg?

5. How does Pitt get the men into another room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Pitt when he awakens after leaving the doctor's village?

2. Who shows up at the doctor's house where Pitt has been taken and what happens to them?

3. What do the people in Question #1 do about their find? Who sees them do this?

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

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

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

7. What does Koski tell his subordinate to do about the new people on his ship? Why is Koski puzzled?

8. What situation is explained to Koski?

9. How does Pitt respond to Kirsti when she arrives at the restaurant?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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