A Walk in the Woods Test | Final Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
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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 Bryson discover when he walks to Kmart in Waynesboro?

2. What does Katz tell Bryson he has to protect them from bears?

3. Where does Katz join Bryson?

4. What is the estimate of people who hike the Appalachian Trail every year?

5. What do Bryson and Katz have to cross over in the Maine woods?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, inspired?

2. What is the decision that Bryson and Katz make after Katz gets lost in the woods.

3. Summarize why Bryson is so angry about Katz drinking again.

4. Describe what Bryson finds strange about the town of Centralia.

5. How do Bryson and Katz adapt to hiking through Maine's wilderness?

6. Summarize the plans Bryson and Katz make now that they have completed the first stage of their hiking journey.

7. Explain why Katz starts drinking again.

8. Explain why Mount Washington has such extreme weather conditions.

9. Summarize the behavior of the hikers that Bryson and Katz meet in Gravel Springs Hut.

10. Describe what is killing the hemlock trees along the AT in the Blue Ridge Mountains and how is it being treated.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze the fears Bryson experiences throughout the book.

2) Describe three events in the story where Bryson's fears paralyze him.

3) How does Katz help Bryson with his fears?

Essay Topic 2

1) Interpret the feelings Bryson and Katz have for the trail in the first part of the novel with the emotions and reaction they have later in the novel.

2) What regrets do they have at the end of the novel with regard to their journey?

3) How does their relationship differ from the first part of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

1) What is the message Bryson is trying to convey about the wilderness and civilization?

2) How does he depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature and the wild?

3) Are the human qualities of each character true to life? Explain.

4) How do the characters react to the everyday struggles of hiking the Appalachian Trail?

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