Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lee Whittlesey
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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. Mr. R.N. Adams died on December 18th, 1900 while trying to do what?

2. Ultimately Kirwan had third degree burns on ______________.

3. When did Kirwan die?

4. In two cases deaths were caused by people on the rim of the Grand Canyon doing what?

5. As _____________ increased, so did the chance of injury.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Give an example of someone who caused dangerous rocks to fall. What were the consequences?

3. Describe the worst hot spring accident. Why might this be the worst?

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

5. Describe the court case that came from Harry's and Crow's actions.

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

7. What is surprising about bears at Yellowstone? Why might this be true?

8. What happened to David Allen Kirwan? How could this have been avoided?

9. What are the two naturally occurring poisonous gases at Yellowstone? Where can they be found? Why is this important to know?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The bison or buffalo is heavily mythologized.

Part 1) Describe this myth and how it influences visitors at Yellowstone National Park. Why does this myth exist? Does it exist with other animals, as well as bison? Why or why not?

Part 2) Besides other animals, how else do visitors see the park's plants and landscape? Why do they see it in this way?

Part 3) What are your thoughts when you hear the word park? Do you think of danger? Why or why not? How might this name, park, be misleading to many who visit Yellowstone National Park?

Essay Topic 2

Two deadly gases are found in Yellowstone.

Part 1) What are these two deadly gases found in Yellowstone? What happens to someone who comes into contact with these gases? Where can these gases be found? How have visitors been affected by these gases?

Part 2) Why does the author include these deadly gases in this book? Are they as serious a threat as other aspects of Yellowstone and other parks around the country? Why or why not?

Part 3) How can gases and other air pollutants be dangerous for people in other places than parks and the wilderness? What must people know about gases and other toxins when living in cities and towns? How does the information in this book support the need for the public to be educated and aware?

Essay Topic 3

Disappearances have occurred at Yellowstone.

Part 1) Describe these disappearances. What are the assumptions made about how these people disappeared? Are these valid assumptions? Why or why not?

Part 2) How has the park changed because of these disappearances? What has the park done to protect its visitors from getting lost and disappearing into the wilderness?

Part 3) How do the reactions to disappearances compare to those of known deaths? Is a disappearance worse than a known death? Why or why not? How has our country been changed by those who have disappeared?

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