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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does "noncom" mean as it is used in the beginning of Chapter 10?
2. Which friend of her father's does Adrian admit to Dirk she has been sleeping with?
3. How does Dirk discover LT March after he realizes they are not alone on the submarine?
4. How is the rescue team tracking the submarine's location?
5. What does Dirk determine is the real cause of the school of fish detected by the <I>Martha Ann's</I> sensors?
Essay Topic 1
"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.
Essay Topic 2
Quote from CDR Burdette Denver: "Piracy on the high seas went out with the manufacture of cutlasses." Is this actually a true statement? Is piracy a possible or probable explanation for the Pacific Vortex? Provide evidence both from the book and from independent research to support your claims.
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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