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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. Can the dangers be eliminated without making the wild something other than a wilderness?
(a) No.
(b) Most likely.
(c) Possibly.
(d) Yes.

2. The author believes people simply do what, regarding their time in the park?
(a) Stand too close to canyon edges.
(b) Take too many chances.
(c) Touch poisonous plants.
(d) Get too close to the animals.

3. Whittlesey argues that Yellowstone must not be what?
(a) Sanitized.
(b) Viewed by the general public.
(c) Left wild.
(d) Allowed to continue.

4. Seven have drowned in ________________ Lake.
(a) Lawrence.
(b) Lenny.
(c) Lewis.
(d) Levi.

5. An accidental shooting occurred on November 15th, 1938 when Robert Leroy 'Pud' Robinson, a thirteen year old son of the Master Mechanic of the park, was playing with a loaded .22 rifle. What happened?
(a) At 5:15 pm, he shot his friend in the head.
(b) At 5:15 pm, he shot his sister in the head.
(c) At 5:15 pm, he shot himself in the arm.
(d) At 5:15 pm, he shot himself in the head.

Short Answer Questions

1. ________________ of horses once occupied the park during the 'Grand Tour' which often occurred in stagecoaches that would last for five to ten days.

2. However, the Yellowstone River has claimed ____________________ lives.

3. A park bus driver was killed on August 25th, ____________.

4. The Blackfeet to the _____________ and the Crows to the northeast.

5. Seven have drowned from _______________ and due to falling in the Gardner River.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say about people and their interest in chasms? Why is this significant?

2. What does Whittlesey think about these early deaths? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

3. What does the author have to say about the visitors' behavior regarding the park? What is his opinion about how the park is required to protect these visitors and how our nation as a whole treats its citizens? Do you agree? Why or why not?

4. When have plane crashes occurred? Which was the largest craft to crash? Why is this significant?

5. What does Whittlesey think about the suicides that take place?

6. Why did Britton kill Cunningham? Should he have done this? Why or why not?

7. When were automobiles first seen in the park? How did this affect the death rate?

8. What were the causes of the earliest Yellowstone deaths? Why is little known about these deaths?

9. How does the author end the book? Why does he end it in this way?

10. What lessons can be drawn from all the drowning?

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