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. John Griffith is known to head for what destination?

2. When Ralston returns from his trip to Mount Holy Cross, what news does he hear about his friends?

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

4. What does Ralston start to hear that causes him to yell?

5. Once in the water, what happens to Ralston?

Short Essay Questions

1. What missed opportunity does Ralston have to prevent his entrapment?

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

3. What are some signs that indicate Ralston is losing some of his rationale and cool?

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

5. How does Ralston react spiritually to his entrapment?

6. How is Jack Moore connected to Butch Cassidy?

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

8. 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.

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

10. What does the sheriff's posse think of the outlaws?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ralston reminisces many past climbs. Using these memories, write about what you think Ralston is looking for in these climbs. What are the purposes to his climbs? What does Ralston want to get out of these goals? Does he?

Essay Topic 2

Ralston is an avid reader who admires other adventurers and conservationists. Using of one Ralston's references, give a brief report on someone Ralston admires. Explain why Ralston admires this character.

Essay Topic 3

Select one chapter of "Between a Rock and a Hard Place". Describe the chapter's tone and pace. Discuss why Ralston sets this tone and pace and what purpose it serves the reader. Consider the placement of the chapter in the book, the purpose of the chapter, and what Ralston is feeling.

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