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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 is Dirk's room number?

3. Who is the narrator of Chapter 2?

4. What or who is Andrei Vyborg?

5. What is the time lapse between the disaster that befell the ship and the beginning of the narrative that ADM Hunter relates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the significance of the Lillie Marlene?

4. 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?

5. 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."

6. Why is it important for ADM Hunter's men to get to the accident site when the gray van runs off the road before the Honolulu police?

7. What is a seamount?

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

LCDR Paul Boland and Dirk Pitt have other differences besides personality, one of them being background. Dirk accuses Boland of being unperceptive as to the oddities of the condition of the Starbuck. How do their very different backgrounds affect their perception of "important details" and why is Boland more likely to overlook the key factors in the discovery of the Starbuck?

Essay Topic 3

Everything in the submarine seems to indicate that someone is actively maintaining the vessel or at least "picked up afterwards." It seems an obvious inference that there might be someone still on the ship. Yet Dirk and LT March press ahead assuming it is a ghost ship. What might be some reasons for that? Psychological? Other evidence to the contrary? Stubbornness or at least reckless disregard for prudence?

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