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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 in the hypodermic syringe that Summer assaults Dirk with?

2. Who are the two men waiting for Dirk in the torpedo room as he tries to escape the submarine with SN Farris?

3. What is the plan for the plane the rescue team flies out to the Pacific Vortex?

4. Who is Lavella?

5. What does "noncom" mean as it is used in the beginning of Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. Besides Dirk's lost love, what does Summer represent to the Navy and why would it have been important to rescue her?

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

3. Why does Dirk flood the Starbuck's torpedo compartment?

4. It is evident that Seaman First Class Farris could never have been any help to Delphi's cause or mission, however, Delphi keeps him alive, in spite of admitting to Dirk that Farris is "a minor miscalculation." What might be some reasons for this?

5. In his description of the attack, Dirk notices something significant that could immeasurably assist the crew of the Martha Ann to prevent the boarding of the men from the sea. What is it and how could it be turned into an opportunity for the crew?

6. What does Delphi say is his main objective? What does Dirk say is Delphi's main objective?

7. What are ADM Hunter and Dirk Pitt's differing opinions on Adrian?

8. Who or what is Selma Snoop?

9. What are the two most important words in the English language according to Dirk? How do they serve Dirk in the battle with the men from the sea in his hotel room?

10. What changes ADM Hunter's mind about obeying the destroy orders from the joint Chiefs in Washington D.C.?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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