Books Quiz - Author - Clive Cussler (Questions)

Clive Cussler was born in Aurora, Illinois in 1931. He joined the United States Air Force in 1950 and fought in the Korean War. After he left the air force, Cussler worked in the advertising industry. There he produced radio and television commercials, many of which won him awards.

Cussler’s first novel, The Mediterranean Caper, was published in 1973 and he has gone on to write more than 60 ‘techno-thrillers’. He founded NUMA, the National Underwater and Marine Agency, which has discovered over sixty shipwreck sites and is named after a fictional government organisation featured in his novels chronicling the adventures of Dirk Pitt. He has also written several works of non-fiction about NUMA's discoveries.

If you are looking for adventure then Clive Cussler is your man but how much do you know about his work? Find out in this quiz!

1. Although he grew up in California, Cussler was born in which US state?
[ ] Idaho
[ ] Illinois
[ ] Indiana
[ ] Iowa
2. What is the name of Cussler's adventurous hero, said to be a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond, and who has appeared in many of his novels?
[ ] Deke Pitt
[ ] Dick Pitt
[ ] Dirk Pitt
[ ] Duke Pitt
3. Which Pitt novel was adapted into a 2005 film starring Matthew McConaughey in the lead role?
[ ] Cyclops
[ ] Iceberg
[ ] Sahara
[ ] Treasure
4. In which novel does Pitt discover a chilling message from the commander of the nuclear submarine USS Starbuck?
[ ] Pacific Vengeance!
[ ] Pacific Violence!
[ ] Pacific Vortex!
[ ] Pacific Voyage!
5. Cussler is a fellow of which learned society, based in London?
[ ] Royal Aeronautical Society
[ ] Royal Archaeological Institute
[ ] Royal Astronomical Society
[ ] Royal Geographical Society
6. Cussler founded which non-profit agency, based on the fictional agency that employs Pitt?
[ ] International Marine
[ ] International Underwater and Marine
[ ] National Marine
[ ] National Underwater and Marine
7. In the Pitt novels, who is the Director of NUMA?
[ ] Admiral James Sandancer
[ ] Admiral James Sandecker
[ ] Admiral James Sandiron
[ ] Admiral James Sandpiper
8. Pitt's daughter works as a researcher for NUMA. What is her first name?
[ ] Sky
[ ] Storm
[ ] Summer
[ ] Sunny
9. Which famous explorer appears in Cussler's novel Inca Gold?
[ ] Hernan Cortez
[ ] Francis Drake
[ ] Francisco Pizarro
[ ] Walter Raleigh
10. Cussler served in which branch of the US armed forces?
[ ] Air Force
[ ] Army
[ ] Marines
[ ] Navy

 

Books Quiz - Author - Clive Cussler (Answers)
1. Although he grew up in California, Cussler was born in which US state?
[ ] Idaho
[x] Illinois
[ ] Indiana
[ ] Iowa
He was born in Aurora, which claims to be Illinois' second-largest city
2. What is the name of Cussler's adventurous hero, said to be a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond, and who has appeared in many of his novels?
[ ] Deke Pitt
[ ] Dick Pitt
[x] Dirk Pitt
[ ] Duke Pitt
Pitt, like his creator, is an avid collector of cars
3. Which Pitt novel was adapted into a 2005 film starring Matthew McConaughey in the lead role?
[ ] Cyclops
[ ] Iceberg
[x] Sahara
[ ] Treasure
The film was a failure and made losses of $78.3 million
4. In which novel does Pitt discover a chilling message from the commander of the nuclear submarine USS Starbuck?
[ ] Pacific Vengeance!
[ ] Pacific Violence!
[x] Pacific Vortex!
[ ] Pacific Voyage!
Cussler says in the book's foreword that he thinks it is not as good as his usual work and should be treated as a curiosity
5. Cussler is a fellow of which learned society, based in London?
[ ] Royal Aeronautical Society
[ ] Royal Archaeological Institute
[ ] Royal Astronomical Society
[x] Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society is the leading centre for geographers and it has over 16,000 members
6. Cussler founded which non-profit agency, based on the fictional agency that employs Pitt?
[ ] International Marine
[ ] International Underwater and Marine
[ ] National Marine
[x] National Underwater and Marine
NUMA receives its funding from Cussler's book royalties
7. In the Pitt novels, who is the Director of NUMA?
[ ] Admiral James Sandancer
[x] Admiral James Sandecker
[ ] Admiral James Sandiron
[ ] Admiral James Sandpiper
In Cussler's books Sandecker is appointed as the Vice President of the United States after the Vice President dies while in office
8. Pitt's daughter works as a researcher for NUMA. What is her first name?
[ ] Sky
[ ] Storm
[x] Summer
[ ] Sunny
Summer has a twin brother, Dirk Pitt, Jr
9. Which famous explorer appears in Cussler's novel Inca Gold?
[ ] Hernan Cortez
[x] Francis Drake
[ ] Francisco Pizarro
[ ] Walter Raleigh
Pitt finds Drake's treasure over 400 years after he loses it
10. Cussler served in which branch of the US armed forces?
[x] Air Force
[ ] Army
[ ] Marines
[ ] Navy
His love of the sea might make you think he served in the navy but it was in fact the air force