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Aron Ralston
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ralston make out of the elastic tubing insulation from his Camelbak?
(a) A noose.
(b) A tourniquet.
(c) An animal trap.
(d) A pulley.

2. Near the halfway point of the canyon, Ralston must rappel down what?
(a) The Big Ditch.
(b) The Deep Gulch.
(c) The Big Drop.
(d) The Long Fall.

3. What is the name of the first "fourteener" Ralston climbs with his friend?
(a) Lilly Peak.
(b) Randall Peak.
(c) Twin Peaks.
(d) Longs Peak.

4. How many fourteeners does Ralston climb in Colorado?
(a) 48 of 59.
(b) 24 of 60.
(c) 30 of 50.
(d) 36 of 59.

5. The boulder that pins Ralston's arm is compared to what in size?
(a) An oven.
(b) A Volkswagon Beetle.
(c) A refrigerator.
(d) A bus tire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ralston's fascination with canyons stems from what time in his life?

2. After sitting for fifteen minutes, what begins to happen to Ralston's legs?

3. Considering Ralston's risky adventures, how does he see himself dying?

4. What causes Ralston's left hand to swell?

5. Why does Ralston acknowledge Warren MacDonald in his time of entrapment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Ralston responds to his near-drowning in a couple different ways. How does his discussion with his sister differ from the way he reacts in front of his friends.

2. Describe Ralston's first taping on his video recorder in the canyon.

3. Describe Ralston's reaction to a black bear in his campground on his first solo overnighter?

4. Of all of Ralston's climbs, Humphrey's Peak is one of the more memorable. What is important about the Humphrey's Peak climb?

5. In addition to the direct injury of his pinned arm, what other challenges does Ralston face from being stuck in one place?

6. What external events serve as a reminder to Ralston that he is lucky despite his risky adventures?

7. Although Ralston usually prepares himself before setting out on his adventures, what event(s) occur(s) at Havasupai that shows Ralston does not always look before he leaps?

8. Describe the sequence of events that occurs after Ralston and his friends ski Resolution Peak.

9. Even before the expected predicament of Ralston occurs, what conversation foreshadows the eerie feeling of the canyon?

10. How do you describe the feeling Ralston has at the peak of the Maroon Bells in wintertime?

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