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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 strikes Dirk as odd about the galley and lounge area of the Starbuck on his initial recon mission with LT March?

2. Why doesn't Dirk want to leave the Martha Ann on the helicopter to go and get the salvage team?

3. How long is the hull of the Starbuck?

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

5. What is unusual about the security on the Martha Ann?

Short Essay Questions

1. Dirk describes a few incidents he has known in his work that "smacked of Jules Verne." Describe them and discuss Dirk's attitude towards "ghost catching."

2. What is a seamount?

3. What are some of the ways that Dirk knows that Summer is neither a government agent nor an American?

4. How does Adrian Hunter feel about her father? Use quotes from Chapter to support your position.

5. Dirk sees no need to show up on time to his "date" with ADM Hunter (to report for duty). How is this reflective of both Dirk's personality and his attitude towards ADM Hunter?

6. How are the dead bodies described on the Lillie Marlene? How does this description contribute to the myth of the Pacific Vortex?

7. CDR Dupree says he ordered, "All ballast blown and hard rise on the planes." What are planes in reference to a submarine?

8. Cussler also provides good information about shark behavior and risks. What is it?

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

10. In the hotel bar in Chapter 3, Adrian makes the statement: "Considering your amateur standing and less than mediocre talents, you're vastly overpriced. Whom is she speaking to and what does she mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Quote from CDR Burdette Denver: "Piracy on the high seas went out with the manufacture of cutlasses." Is this actually a true statement? Is piracy a possible or probable explanation for the Pacific Vortex? Provide evidence both from the book and from independent research to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

Examined carefully, the association between Dirk's reason for visiting to the Polynesian history museum and George Papaaloa's story of Kanoli is slightly obscure except as a plot mechanism. There is nothing Papaaloa relates in the story of Kanoli to suggest that it is related to the Pacific Vortex. The relevance of this revelation seems somewhat abstract. This is especially true since the Vortex has only been "operational" for about 40 years. Rewrite this episode using the essence of the legend of Kanoli as it stands but add elements that allow the two stories to appear related, making the transition from one to the other more smoothly.

Essay Topic 3

Carefully analyze the "real" condition of the Starbuck with respect to international maritime law. Whose waters is she sitting in and who can rightfully claim her? How do the laws of maritime salvage govern this kind of at-sea loss? Most importantly, how does this contribute to the urgency and top-secretiveness in the plot?

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