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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. What does Bryson notice while walking the trail in Georgia?
(a) Surrounding woods bring on almost a trance like state
(b) Hours of quiet solitude
(c) Paper and plastic bottle litter
(d) Infrequent swarms of biting flies

2. What is the pack weight for the average Appalachian hiker?
(a) 35 pounds
(b) 45 pounds
(c) 50 pounds
(d) 40 pounds

3. What was enacted in 1968 to create 25,000 miles of new hiking trails in America?
(a) The Federal Trail Development Act
(b) The National Hiking Act
(c) The National Trails System Act
(d) The Federal Hiking Act

4. What are Katz and Bryson confronted with when they reach High Top?
(a) The Smoky Mountains
(b) A raging river
(c) A deep gorge
(d) A steep cliff

5. What are parts of the original Appalachian Trail plans that are never realized?
(a) Small clinics for treating minor injuries and bites
(b) Memorial markers for great leaders and for ordinary people
(c) Bus roads for touring
(d) Hostels, inns and woodland villages

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are grizzly bears not a concern on the trail?

2. What is the physical condition of Bryson and Katz when they reach Clingman's Dome?

3. Who is one of the most famous thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail?

4. What stands at Fontana Lake's western end?

5. The north point of the Appalachian Trail begins in which state?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mary Ellen becomes a hiking companion to Bryson and Katz. Describe her experience as a hiker.

2. Why do Bryson and Katz feel guilty about leaving Mary Ellen behind in the woods?

3. What is the reaction of Katz and Bryson when they come out of the wilderness to the civilization of Knoxville?

4. Summarize what Bryson does when he brings all his camping equipment home.

5. Describe the two things Bryson is shocked about when he goes to buy equipment for the hike.

6. Why does Bryson describe his first day on the trail as hell?

7. Summarize the plan that the Appalachian Trail Conference forms from Benton MacKaye's original idea.

8. How does Bryson summarize the quality of Appalachian Trail maps?

9. Describe the contrast between the weather in the south with the weather a hundred miles further north in Virginia.

10. Explain why Katz is angry with Bryson when he says that they are leaving Rainbow Springs in the morning to get back on the trail.

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