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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. According to CDR Dupree's log, which compartment in the sub is the only compartment breached?

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

3. How does Dirk carry Summer to the hotel?

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

5. How long has it been since someone researched the sunken island at George Papaaloa's museum?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of there not being any paper in the crew's lounge area of the Starbuck?

2. Why is the Martha Ann disguised to look like a rust-bucket merchant ship?

3. 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?

4. Other than the submarine not being wholly flooded, what is the single most important fact that Dirk relays over the Starbuck's radio to the Martha Ann and why is it of the utmost significance?

5. What are the multiple ways that the Martha Ann is disguised as a civilian ship?

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

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

8. Why is the Starbuck's last reported position Top Secret information?

9. Why is LT March so resistant to the idea of entering the submarine?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pacific Vortex! is the first Dirk Pitt novel Clive Cussler wrote (even though it is published much later, after several other Pitt adventures) and indeed it shows signs of being a novice attempt. The character development is somewhat sporadic, there are questions or plot mysteries that are later left unanswered and some scenes that almost seem extraneous which are only loosely tied together by the final explanation. Characterize some of these "novice" elements using firm examples from the book. At the end, is there anything you wondered, "yes, but what about...?" How could Cussler have woven these plot threads or characters more tightly into the fabric of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Review the excerpts in Chapter 2 with the knowledge from Chapter 8 that the log is not written by CDR Dupree. What are some oddities, some of them enumerated by ADM Hunter, that clearly show a lack of knowledge about the Navy, submarines, or Dupree, that would have triggered skepticism if not read with the preconceived notion that the log is authentic?

Essay Topic 3

"Willing suspension of disbelief" is a necessary frame of mind for any reader or viewer of fiction material. However, in spite of accepting certain fantastic occurrences, readers will often begin to resist small strains on their credulity. Why does this kind of resistance begin to build in the mind of the reader? Analyze the concept of "willing suspension of disbelief" and why it is necessary to enjoy the book. Analyze your own responses to "unbelievable" parts of the book.

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