Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park Test | Final Test - Medium

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. Today Yellowstone sees between zero and five ________ deaths a year.
(a) Drowning.
(b) Auto.
(c) Plane.
(d) Shooting.

2. 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 himself in the head.
(b) At 5:15 pm, he shot his sister in the head.
(c) At 5:15 pm, he shot his friend in the head.
(d) At 5:15 pm, he shot himself in the arm.

3. One death from _______________ occurred when, on August 15th, 1919, Louis Boatman was touring the park with his aunt and sister and decided to swim in the Yellowstone River.
(a) Boating.
(b) Swimming.
(c) Diving.
(d) Skiing.

4. Charles Kenck and Richard Dietrch were killed by the ________________ in 1877 though this was due to an invasion into their territory.
(a) Cherokee.
(b) Wyandots.
(c) Shoshones.
(d) Nez Perce.

5. In 1937, a horrible fire killed fifteen __________________ and injured thirty-nine others.
(a) Doctors.
(b) Boy Scouts.
(c) Loggers.
(d) Firefighters.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the author fear will destroy the park?

2. When should you not go out in the boat?

3. Between where was the first aircraft traveling when it crashed in Yellowstone?

4. Mrs. Joseph Lippman was killed in ___________ when their stagecoach struck a rock on the road and flipped over.

5. How does Whittlesey think Piper died?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did the Native Americans in Yellowstone live?

2. Why was Weber pardoned for killing Zutavern? Should he have been pardoned? Why or why not?

3. What was the 'Grand Tour?' How did this affect the safety of those in the park?

4. What is known about stagecoach wrecks in the park? What was the cause of most accidents? Why might this have been a consistent problem?

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

6. How do many visitors enter a park? What can be done to protect these people? How does this affect the park? What does the author have to say about these safety measures?

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

8. What happened to Charles Kenck and Richard Dietrch? Why did this happen?

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

10. What is the single most likely cause of death at Yellowstone? Why might this be?

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