Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park Short Essay - Answer Key

Lee Whittlesey
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1. Why is Yellowstone National Park fascinating for many visitors?

It is a beautiful place yet it is full of fatal dangers. Part of the fascination with Yellowstone is the danger tied to it, but many who go to Yellowstone have a false sense of security, so their fascination often leads them to see only the beauty of the park and not the danger.

2. Describe the author of this book. How does this background information on the author reveal about his reasons for writing this book?

The author, Lee H. Whittlesey, was a Yellowstone Park Ranger and later a law student who studied wrongful death and personal injury cases in Yellowstone. It became clear to Whittlesey that some deaths and injuries were due to nature and the other caused by man. His background reveals his connection to the park and his interest in the deaths that have occurred there.

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