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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is the Starbuck's reactor room different from previous nuclear submarines?
(a) It is located aft instead of forward.
(b) It is lead shielded to protect the crew better.
(c) It is ten times smaller but the reactors are twenty times more powerful.
(d) It is combined with the engine room and moved to the forward area of the boat.

2. Who says: "I shot down Admiral Sandecker and his staff over the China Sea."?
(a) LCDR Boland.
(b) ADM Hunter.
(c) Dirk Pitt.
(d) CDR Denver.

3. What smell is associated with the attack on the Lillie Marlene?
(a) Melting plastic.
(b) Sulfur.
(c) Eucalyptus.
(d) Smoke.

4. What is the weather as the Martha Ann gets underway?
(a) Air is warm, sky is clear, sea is calm.
(b) Red sky at night and gentle swells.
(c) Ominously still with almost suspiciously flat seas.
(d) Wind beginning to pick up, storm's coming.

5. What is the time lapse between the disaster that befell the ship and the beginning of the narrative that ADM Hunter relates?
(a) Two weeks.
(b) Unknown.
(c) Six months.
(d) Five days.

6. How long does it take Dirk to recover himself after Summer attacks him and he knocks her out enough to get them both back to his hotel room?
(a) One hour.
(b) Four minutes.
(c) 10 minutes.
(d) 15 minutes.

7. According to CDR Dupree's log, which compartment in the sub is the only compartment breached?
(a) The forward torpedo room.
(b) The aft missile cabin.
(c) The reactor room.
(d) The captain's quarters.

8. What does Dirk start carrying before when he realizes the danger he has put himself in before reporting to Admiral Hunter?
(a) A diver's knife.
(b) His military identification.
(c) A gun.
(d) A false set of credentials.

9. Why is the Starbuck's final position report physically impossible?
(a) There is no trace of the submarine at that position.
(b) The geo-coordinates put her position on land.
(c) The submarine is not fast enough to have covered the mileage between her two last position reports.
(d) The water is too shallow for her location.

10. How long can the reactor continue to run unattended?
(a) Over a decade.
(b) Six to twelve months.
(c) No more than four to five weeks.
(d) Indefinitely.

11. What or who is Andrei Vyborg?
(a) A Russian military hero in maritime legend.
(b) A Russian fishing trawler.
(c) A Russian ship captain famous for his adventures in the area of the Pacific Vortex.
(d) A Russian intelligence ship.

12. What unique feature of the Martha Ann's navigational equipment makes her totally crew-independent?
(a) Her auto-pilot is interconnected with her GPS allowing her to navigate a pre-constructed route independently.
(b) She is entirely crew-dependent.
(c) Her central controls can be overridden remotely.
(d) She can be scuttled remotely in case of emergency.

13. How does Dirk suggest the captain's log from the Starbuck is forged?
(a) Using the actual captain's log, his correspondence and diary.
(b) By forcing the captain to write it using the threat of torture.
(c) By raiding his home for handwriting exemplars.
(d) Using a special tracing machine.

14. What is unusual about the security on the Martha Ann?
(a) They require three forms of id from Dirk in addition to official orders from ADM Hunter.
(b) They conduct a full body pat-down search prior to allowing entrance to the ship.
(c) There is none, it's not supposed to be a Naval vessel.
(d) The security guards operate in total darkness.

15. What branch of the military does Dirk belong to?
(a) US Air Force.
(b) US Army.
(c) US Navy.
(d) US Coast Guard.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the driver of the gray Dodge van that tries to run Dirk off the road?

2. What is "one of the finest undercover salvage operations in the world?"

3. How does Dirk decide who to give the manuscript to?

4. What is the correct phrasing to ask someone to repeat their message or to indicate you are repeating your message?

5. How long does the Navy extend searches for its missing vessels or crew?

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