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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. How long has it been since Dirk has had a vacation?

2. How does Admiral Hunter know that Dirk has never served on a submarine?

3. Whose responsibility is it to plot the new search area for the Martha Ann after Dirk's interpretation of the evidence?

4. How does Dirk know that Summer is lying about her reasons for wanting information on Adrian Hunter?

5. What is Dirk's plan of action on the Martha Ann with only two hours to go before dark falls?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is ADM Hunter taking the step of having Dirk detailed officially to the 101st Salvage Fleet?

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 Fullerton Fracture Zone? Does it actually exist?

4. What is a seamount?

5. 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?

6. 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."

7. How does Cussler describe ADM Sandecker at the beginning of Chapter that makes him seem like a likely person to work with Dirk Pitt?

8. Dirk notes some distinct oddities about the Starbuck's final resting place and the condition. Describe what these oddities mean.

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

10. Cussler gives a good description of rip tides after Dirk has swum out beyond the breakers at Kaena Point. Describe them, why they are dangerous and explain how best to swim through them if caught in one.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Dirk refers to the salvage operations on the Thresher, the Bluefin, the Scorpion, and the submarine F-4. What are these boats or ships and what happened to them? How are they relevant to the sinking (and raising) of the Starbuck?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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