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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 does Pitt smell when they land on another iceberg?

2. What kind of boat are they directed to at the dock?

3. What kind of markings does Pitt find on the jet?

4. What does Pitt begin to suspect as Hunnewell works?

5. With whom does Pitt meet immediately after the crash?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Pitt see coming near the helicopter and what happens to the helicopter after that?

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

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

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

9. What situation is explained to Koski?

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

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

Pitt's superior physical strength and abilities are demonstrated as he saves Hunnewell's life on the iceberg.

1. Do you think Cussler's portrayal of Pitt is unrealistic for any human? Why or why not?

2. How do you think Pitt was able to develop his strength and abilities? Use examples from the book and/or real life to illustrate your answer.

3. Do you believe the incident with Pitt and Hunnewell, with Pitt saving Hunnewell is a demonstration of why most women would not do well in these types of military positions? Why or why not?

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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