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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. Conserving water, how often does Ralston takes sips in the beginning of his entrapment?
(a) Once an hour.
(b) Every two hours.
(c) After each successful flake is chipped away.
(d) Every 90 minutes.

2. What does Ralston realize about the noises he hears?
(a) The noises are getting further away.
(b) The noises are getting closer.
(c) The noises are angels.
(d) The noises are a figment of his imagination.

3. When climbing Humphrey's Peak, what danger does Ralston encounter?
(a) A cougar.
(b) An avalanche.
(c) A grizzly bear.
(d) Thunder and lightning.

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

5. With what famous gang does the person bearing this region's name run with?
(a) The Wild Bunch.
(b) Harris's Cattle Ranchers.
(c) The Wild Westerners.
(d) The Crazy Bunch.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Spring of 2002, Ralston quits Intel to do what?

2. To keep some form of control, what is one relatively trivial thing Ralston does?

3. Ralston joins what school club when he moves to Colorado?

4. What is the chockstone mostly made of?

5. After Humphrey's peak, what does Ralston share with his friend Mark?

Short Essay Questions

1. What remedy does Ralston give himself after sustaining an injury on Capitol Peak instead of going to the hospital?

2. How is Jack Moore connected to Butch Cassidy?

3. When Ralston finally succeeds in chipping parts of the chockstone, why do you think he collects the larger flakes?

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. How does Ralston's attitude about the outdoors change over time while growing up?

6. What "clothing" does Ralston makeshift for himself to keep warm at night? What else does he do to stay warm from the chill?

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

8. Describe the possible consequences Ralston faces if he decides to amputate his arm.

9. Other than the technical skills Ralston learns from his friends about the outdoors, how does Ralston use his educational background to help him in the canyon?

10. What does "Geologic Time Includes Now" mean?

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