A Rock and a Hard Place Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Aron Ralston
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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. The boulder that pins Ralston's arm is compared to what in size?

2. What does Ralston find and pick up to stick in his hat while hiking?

3. What part of Ralston's arm is crushed between the boulder and the canyon wall?

4. What is the chockstone mostly made of?

5. Silver Tip escapes after how many years in prison?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Jack Moore connected to Butch Cassidy?

6. 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?

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

8. What does Ralston consider his morning routine and why is it important to him?

9. What becomes of the second rate Wild Bunch boys from Roost Canyon?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are times Ralston almost loses his life before Blue John Canyon. There are times he has seen his friends almost lose their lives. Compare how Ralston values his own life and his friends' lives, based on the risks he is willing to take.

Essay Topic 2

Ralston often says he expects to die in the canyon. However, he survives due to a variety of factors. Describe his character type and how this plays a role on his ability to survive. Cite examples. What other external factors outside of his control plays a role into his survival?

Essay Topic 3

In reference to solo climbing all the fourteeners in winter, Mark states to Ralston, "I think it's great for you, as long as you're happy". Ralston notes that it is something he thinks about years before and feels he is indeed doing this for himself. Prove or disprove whether you agree or disagree with Ralston's affirmation.

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