Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 are the Chilean military police called?

2. Canessa and Parrado remained at the Fairchild and attempted to do what?

3. How does Paez Vilar become known?

4. How do the parents of the rugby players feel about the government calling off the search after so little effort?

5. Who spurred on the expedition team so they could make it back to the Fairchild?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was done after the air traffic control service lost contact with the Fairchild?

2. Describe Uruguay when this book was written.

3. Describe the crash.

4. What information does Croiset Jr. give the parents?

5. What do Madelon Rodriguez and Estela Perez continue to believe?

6. What takes place on December 11th?

7. What are Canessa and Parrado trying to fix?

8. On Day Ten, what do the survivors decide?

9. What is taking place back at the Fairchild?

10. Who is Rafael Ponce de Leon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Twenty-nine of the forty-five passengers and crew did not survive.

Part 1) What is the main cause for most of their deaths?

Part 2) Could many of these deaths have been avoided, other than by not crashing? Explain.

Part 3) How might the dead feel about the ways their bodies had been used? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

Bittersweet feelings sweep over the parents when the survivors' name are read.

Part 1) Why are the feelings bittersweet?

Part 2) What are your thoughts about the reactions of the family members? Are you at all surprised? Why or why not?

Part 3) How would you feel and react as the family member of one of the passengers who had not survived? How would you interact with the other family members and survivors? Why would you act this way?

Essay Topic 3

Both the SAR and family members search for the Fairchild and its passengers.

Part 1) Describe the various searches. How does the history of Uruguay affect these searches?

Part 2) What is unusual about some of the tactics used by the families? Would these sources of information be trusted in the United States? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does the author convey the feelings of disappointment, joy, and suspense felt by these people?

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