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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 name of the meteorite that caused the falling out between McFarlane and Masangkay?

2. In Chapter 42, what covers the sounds of Timmer's approach as he infiltrates the perimeter of the staging area?

3. Where does Amira tell McFarlane that Glinn earned his military experience?

4. Who does Puppup believe is responsible for the deaths of Evans, Rochefort, and Masangkay?

5. What is the name of the channel where the Rolvaag lowers its anchor during the recovery of the meteorite?

Short Essay Questions

1. What concerns does Glinn have about continuing the expedition in Chapter 46? What concerns does Britton express in the same chapter?

2. What nautical destination does Glinn assume will cause the Almirante Ramirez stop its pursuit of the Rolvaag? Why? Does it?

3. For what reason does Glinn want to add Puppup to their crew? Where does Glinn find Puppup in Chapter 18?

4. In Chapter 66, one of Vallenar's men refuses to follow an order based on what information? What does Vallenar do about this insubordination?

5. What causes Glinn's death in Chapter 83? What fantasy does he have as he dies?

6. Why does Glinn once again take command of the bridge in Chapter 57? What is the result?

7. Who are the people Sam McFarlane has hired to help him search for meteorites in the Kalahari Desert? How does he win their trust? How does he lose it?

8. What causes the computers on the island to fail? What is found in the tunnel with the meteorite?

9. What story of the Ice Limit does Britton tell the people at her table during the first dinner on board the Rolvaag? What famous writer wrote a story about this incident? How is this incident related to Captain Britton? What is important about this story?

10. Palmer Lloyd was sent to his rooms like a bad boy and was filled with anger toward Glinn. What changes his mind in Chapter 58? What does Lloyd plan to do the next time he sees Glinn?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why does Glinn force Britton to remain at Isla Desolacion when the proximity of Vallenar's ship makes her nervous? How does he force her to remain? Why does Britton allow Glinn to take control of the Rolvaag on several occasions, most often when Vallenar's ship is in pursuit of the Rolvaag? Is Glinn's advice to Britton good advice? What happens to the Rolvaag in the end? Whose fault is it? How might this result have been prevented?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Palmer Lloyd? What is he seen buying in the early chapters of the novel? What is unusual about this purchase? What does this say about Palmer Lloyd? What does the reader later learn that Lloyd is building? What is the purpose of this building? What does the purpose of this building suggest about the conflict that will propel the plot of this novel? What will Lloyd put in this building? What does he ask McFarlane to help him procure for this building? What does Lloyd plan to do with this item?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Britton finally decide that they must use the dead man switch? Why does Lloyd and McFarlane disagree at first? Why do they change their minds? Who has the ultimate decision in regards to the dead man switch? Why does this person refuse to activate the dead man switch? What does this person do instead? Does it work? What does Britton order the crew to do when she realizes it is too late to use the dead man switch? Where does Britton go? For what reason? What does this say about Britton?

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