A Rock and a Hard Place Test | Final 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. What does Ralston compare his trances and reality to?

2. What large piece of information is missing from searching for Ralston's vehicle effectively?

3. On the Saturday Ralston gets trapped, what does he plan to check out during the hike?

4. What information are the police able to find from Ralston's credit and debit cards?

5. Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, what does Ralston etch into the wall?

Short Essay Questions

1. From Ralston's perspective, what significance is there in knowing what his friends are doing during his entrapment?

2. According to Ralston's perspective, what is happening to time?

3. Describe the sequence of events the leads to locating Ralston's truck.

4. Describe the conditions of the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse race and what complications it causes the racers.

5. As time continues in the canyon, what does Ralston's water supply mean to him?

6. If Ralston knows how to successfully amputate his arm days earlier, does the outcome be the same or different? How come?

7. How does Donna react to Brian's initial phone call? How does her reaction compare to Ralston's characteristics?

8. What does Ralston realize about his arm that causes him to panic and wildly thrash around trying to free himself?

9. Summarize Brad and Leah's weekend after leaving Ralston near Mount Sopris. Note the circumstances that affects the timing of Ralston's rescue.

10. How does Ralston's trances help him?

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

Research near death experiences. Choose one and compare and contrast the person's life before and after the event. Then compare and contrast their changes to Ralston's changes. Are there similarities and differences amongst people who experience near deaths?

Essay Topic 3

Ralston makes many friends that love climbing and skiing as much as he does. Yet, each of their motivations are unique. Compare and contrast Ralston and his friends' motivation to ski and climb as much as they do.

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