Pacific Vortex Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why is Dirk's and Al's mission time-critical?

2. How does Summer escape the seamount?

3. What is in the hypodermic syringe that Summer assaults Dirk with?

4. What smell does Dirk suddenly recognize as the fog begins to envelop the Martha Ann?

5. When Dirk meets Delphi in his underwater caves, how much time is left before the seamount explodes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unexpected and distinctly suspicious about the fog that suddenly overwhelms the Martha Ann? What kinds of conditions are required to create fog?

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

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

4. What does LT Robert Buckmaster discover at the old Army installation, which supposedly belongs to Delphi that partially explains the entirely unexpected fierce resistance to Marine's invasion? How might this situation have come to be?

5. How does Pitt know that the Martha Ann is out of radio contact with the world?

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

7. Who or what is Selma Snoop?

8. How do Dirk and LCDR Boland differ over how to wage battle against the men from the sea as they face impending attack on the Martha Ann?

9. 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?

10. What is Delphi's plan for the Starbuck?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

ADM Hunter says, "I'll not confuse the issue with a personal problem," in response to Dirk's question as to whether he has informed the men plotting to blow up the seamount that his daughter is being held hostage there. How does this statement capture the essence of ADM Hunter's character throughout the book?

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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