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 important role does Ranger Sherrill play in Ralston's search?

2. By what time is the first helicopter on the lookout for Ralston?

3. What causes Ralston to have an erratic heartbeat and sunken eyes?

4. What is the name of the national park Ralston gets trapped in?

5. Previously, Ralston asks for guidance and direction to understand why he is in this situation. However, by day four, Ralston prays for what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Once Ralston is missing, how does his friends handle the situation?

4. Summarize the two hikers' weekend after they leave Ralston in the canyon, right before his entrapment. Note the circumstances that affects the timing of Ralston's rescue.

5. What is Ralston's agenda between leaving his house on Spruce Street on Thursday and the Saturday he becomes trapped in the canyon?

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

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

8. How does Emery County know to send a helicopter even before they find Ralston?

9. What does Leona sense about Ralston's current situation from Boulder?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On occasion, Ralston is paid to give motivational speeches. Do you find this valid request? Why or why not? Why do you think Ralston gives these speeches?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Ralston is an avid solo climber who seems to prefer to do many activities alone. Yet he has many friends to party with and plenty worry and search for him. Explore Ralston's relationships with his family and friends. Does he seem close to any in particular? Is there a mutual respect between Ralston and his friends? What holds the bond between Ralston and his companions?

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