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Lee Whittlesey
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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. The men had foolishly camped near __________________ by the Grand Geyser.
(a) Old Faithful.
(b) Upper Geyser Basin.
(c) Vent Geyser.
(d) Turban Geyser.

2. In ____________, Walter Watson died by falling in a deep geyser tube.
(a) 1942.
(b) 1982.
(c) 1928.
(d) 1882.

3. The National Park Service solved many of these problems by doing what?
(a) Warning people of the dangers of trees.
(b) Passing out hardhats to all visitors.
(c) Cutting down many trees.
(d) Fencing in the forests.

4. Why were this many people injured?
(a) Visitors were feeding bears.
(b) There were more bears.
(c) There were more visitors.
(d) The bears were no longer afraid of the visitors.

5. Whittlesey understands that humans want to do what regarding large animals?
(a) Hug them.
(b) Run away from them.
(c) Kill them.
(d) Touch them.

Short Answer Questions

1. Death in Yellowstone covers ____________ hundred deaths and each one was a very emotional story for someone, so the author has tried to be delicate.

2. What would cost $3,000?

3. On July 20th, _________, David Allen Kirwan, 24, and his friend, Ronald Ratliff, 25, parked at Yellowstone's Fountain Paint Pot.

4. What caused most trees to fall down?

5. Two hard-and-fast rules in Yellowstone are what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Harry Walker and Crow's story affect life for the bears at Yellowstone? Is this good or bad?

3. What is the myth of the bison? How has this affected the behavior of visitors to the park?

4. What led to a lessening of the risk of death due to trees falling? Is this good or bad?

5. What is surprising about hot springs deaths? What else is unique about them?

6. How does the author show that wild animals are unpredictable and dangerous?

7. Why is death due to falling rock a significant risk at Yellowstone?

8. How many dangerous plants exist in Yellowstone? Name one of them. How is this plant dangerous? Why is this important to know?

9. How does the author treat the deaths in this book? Why does he treat them in this way?

10. Why is death due to falling trees a real threat at Yellowstone?

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