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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 did Kirsti do about the company after Kristjan died?

2. Who watches the Coast Guard ship fly away?

3. What was Kirsti doing before Kristjan died?

4. What are Pitt's next orders?

5. What does Hunnewell do after they land on the iceberg?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Pitt do after he wakes up?

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

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

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

8. What situation is explained to Koski?

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

10. What does Sandecker order Pitt and how does he respond?

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

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 3

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.

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