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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 tell Rondheim he does for a living?

2. Where does Pitt finally find initials carved?

3. What leads Sandecker to believe they have been spotted?

4. What does the crew see in the iceberg?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Pitt and Hunnewell find on the embedded ship?

2. What happens to Pitt and Hunnewell immediately after the crash?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the scene between Pitt and the boat chasing him.

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

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

The danger increases as Pitt is rescued only to face more threats from an impostor policemen. Here the warm characters of the native Icelanders is shown in their passions for their townspeople and for strangers.

1. As the danger to Pitt increases the tension in the novel increases. Discuss how a subtle increase in danger and tension is used to prod readers to continue reading the book.

2. The Icelanders seem to be compassionate people. Discuss why compassion and a willingness to help others might be valuable in a climate like the one on Iceland.

3. In most major religions hospitality towards strangers is a basic tenet of the religion. Discuss why this would be true especially in view of the survival of the species.

Essay Topic 3

Pitt has an immediate dislike for Rondheim and how he is treating Kirsti. Rondheim does not like Pitt either. Pitt decides to change his demeanor with Oskar; Pitt pretends, to the astonishment of Sandecker and Tidi, that he is a homosexual. Rondheim is disgusted and underestimates Pitt, which is part of Dirk's plan.

1. Do you think it is possible to dislike or like someone the moment one meets them? Why or why not?

2. Given the era in which this book was written, why do you think someone would underestimate a "homosexual?"

3. Discuss the various stereotypes and labels that occur in the above statement about homosexuals.

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