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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 the nickname of the area where the Starbuck went missing?
2. What accounts for the ocean turning a greenish color as the Martha Ann approaches the shallower water of the seamount?
3. How long does the Navy extend searches for its missing vessels or crew?
4. Why does the Martha Ann appear old and rusted?
5. What is Dirk's military rank?
Short Essay Questions
1. Dirk does not appreciate ADM Hunter's highhanded move to take control of his [Dirk's] life by having him detailed to his [ADM Hunter's] command. How is he "persuaded" into it?
2. What are some ways the Pacific Vortex is different from the Bermuda Triangle and other legendary danger areas?
3. Cussler also provides good information about shark behavior and risks. What is it?
4. What is the significance of the Lillie Marlene?
5. Dirk notes some distinct oddities about the Starbuck's final resting place and the condition. Describe what these oddities mean.
6. "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?
7. How does Adrian Hunter feel about her father? Use quotes from Chapter to support your position.
8. How does Dirk determine that Hunter's crew has been searching the wrong area?
9. 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?
10. What are the multiple ways that the Martha Ann is disguised as a civilian ship?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Singularly absent from the entire book is any elaboration on these "men from the sea." The closest explanation of any aspect of them is Dirk's comments: "Even your hired help wander around like robots" and "your entire organization is built on blind obedience to you [Delphi]." There is no comment on where they came from, who they were, or what kind of man might have volunteered to abandon his above-sea life to have a gill surgically attached to his chest and become a mass murderer. Analyze the concept of this underwater army and who they are, or might have been.
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the concept the title embodies. Things to consider in your response: What is the REAL "pacific vortex"? How does it compare to the Pacific Vortex that Cussler describes? How does it compare to the Bermuda Triangle? Is "vortex" a good name for or description of the activities at Delphi's seamount? In other words, have the sailors in the book come up with an appropriate name? Why or why not?
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