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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. Where do Katz and Bryson agree to continue their hike in August?
2. Who set up the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy in 1785?
3. How many miles of the Appalachian Trail run through Pennsylvania?
4. How large were the Appalachian Mountains eons ago?
5. What dangers do hikers have to watch for in Pennsylvania?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain why Mount Washington has such extreme weather conditions.
2. Describe what Bryson finds strange about the town of Centralia.
3. Describe what is killing the hemlock trees along the AT in the Blue Ridge Mountains and how is it being treated.
4. Describe the circumstances when Bryson comes close to becoming a hypothermia victim.
5. Describe how Bryson returns to the hotel room in Waynesboro after he walks to Kmart.
6. Summarize why Bryson is so angry about Katz drinking again.
7. Describe Chicken John's claim to fame.
8. Summarize Bryson's experience hiking in Pennsylvania.
9. Summarize the plans Bryson and Katz make now that they have completed the first stage of their hiking journey.
10. Describe the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Bryson describes the attitudes of Americans toward the wilderness.
1) Interpret Bryson's views about Americans and the wilderness.
2) In what way do Americans differ in their attitudes toward the wilderness with other parts of the world? Use examples from the book to justify the answers.
Essay Topic 2
1) Discuss how Bill Bryson grows as a character from the beginning of the book to the end.
2) How do his attitudes change toward life and hiking?
3) How does his attitude about his lifestyle change?
4) What are the differences in his attitude toward civilization from the start of his journey to the end?
Essay Topic 3
1) Describe the changes to the Appalachian Trail from the time it first came into being to the present day.
2) What differences from the original plan have been made?
3) What effect does the National Forest Service have on the trail?
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