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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the Chief Director of the Naval Underwater and Marine Agency?
(a) Captain Orl Cinana.
(b) Admiral Leigh Hunter.
(c) Dirk Pitt.
(d) Admiral James Sandecker.

2. Who is the narrator of Chapter 2?
(a) Dirk Pratt.
(b) LT Carter.
(c) ADM Hunter.
(d) CDR Dupree.

3. Why does the Martha Ann appear old and rusted?
(a) She is salvaged from the scrap yard.
(b) She's over forty years old.
(c) Clever camouflage paint.
(d) The sailor's are more interested in maintaining the battleships than a salvage ship.

4. What is the radio code for having found the Starbuck?
(a) "Returning to base for repairs to starboard engine."
(b) Nothing. Strict radio silence is essential.
(c) "Stopped all engines to repair a burned shaft bearing."
(d) "The cat's in the cradle."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who says to Dirk: "If you keep staring at me, I'll be forced to charge you admission."?

2. Why does Dirk stop to talk to George Papaaloa?

3. Who is the author of the manuscript, excerpts of which are transcribed in Chapter 2?

4. How long has it been since Dirk has had a vacation?

5. What does George Papaaloa ask Dirk about progress on that that Dirk had recently been diving to find?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Dirk's helicopter a necessary component of the crew on the Martha Ann?

2. Capt. Cinana quotes a Naval saying: "Those that lie deep in the Atlantic Sea Are recalled by shrines, wreathes and poetry, But those who lie in Pacific Sea Lie forgotten for all eternity." What does this mean?

3. What are some ways the Pacific Vortex is different from the Bermuda Triangle and other legendary danger areas?

4. "Perhaps Pitt could do the impossible after all." These words go through Boland's mind after he hears that Pitt is radioing the Martha Ann from the Starbuck. There are several other references throughout the book so far that indicate Dirk has a reputation for being the sort of person who makes the wildly improbable succeed effortless. Who else has said this and where is that perception originating?

5. What is a seamount?

6. How does Cussler describe ADM Sandecker at the beginning of Chapter that makes him seem like a likely person to work with Dirk Pitt?

7. A gray Dodge van pursues Dirk and the driver of the van begins shooting at Dirk before attempting to run him off the road. Unravel the mystery. Who has the motive, knowledge, and opportunity to tip off "Them," whoever "They" might be, to Dirk's presence and interested activity?

8. How does Dirk determine that Hunter's crew has been searching the wrong area?

9. Acting on a hunch, Dirk goes to the Polynesian history museum to visit a friend well versed in the history and culture of the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands. Why?

10. What is the Fullerton Fracture Zone? Does it actually exist?

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