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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 is Dirk's new assignment now that he has read the submarine log and reported it?

2. What is unusual about the security on the <I>Martha Ann</I>?

3. What unusual equipment does LT Stanley sight on the first wreck that the <I>Martha Ann</I> discovers?

4. Who is Dirk Pitt's father?

5. How many distress signals have been received from ships that have gone down where the <I>Starbuck</I> is last reported?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pitt know that the <I>Martha Ann</I> is out of radio contact with the world?

2. What is a seamount?

3. Why is the <I>Starbuck</I>'s last reported position Top Secret information?

4. Dirk notes some distinct oddities about the <I>Starbuck</I>'s final resting place and the condition. Describe what these oddities mean.

5. 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?

6. How is the scent of the eucalyptus oil explained? How does it support the theory of the seamount?

7. How does Dirk reinforce his disregard for authority upon return from the Pacific Vortex with the crew of the <I>Martha Ann</I>?

8. What two things does the receptionist at ADM Hunter's office assume of Dirk Pitt when he arrives in his bathing suit?

9. What are the different mysteries or questions that ADM Hunter enumerates as he reads the log?

10. What is a possible explanation for the food being gone after only five days? (Remember ADM Hunter makes it clear that they recently left port and should have enough for the entire crew for 90 days.)

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

As the Martha Ann gets underway, headed towards the Pacific Vortex, Dirk reflects on the unusual group of people he has been mixed up within the last two days. What do his reflections on these people reveal about his thoughts on this mission? Do his summaries of the people seem to be roughly accurate?

Essay Topic 3

How would you characterize Cussler's writing style in Pacific Vortex? Analyze all of the elements of writing style including the perspective, bias, structure, diction and syntax, imagery, etc. Is this a laudable first effort on Cussler's part? Is there perhaps a stylistic reason it is not the first published book?

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