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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. The first documented death occurred in __________, a man by the name of Frank Welch, 61.
2. When was Walker's body found?
3. Lt. Joseph McDonald died in an odd place west of _________________.
4. Robert Walker, age 6, died from what?
5. ________ were injured in the 1930s.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did the author find the judge's request to have bears tracked to be ridiculous? Do you agree? Why or why not?
2. Why is Yellowstone National Park fascinating for many visitors?
3. Why did many of the deaths described in this book take place?
4. How does the author show that wild animals are unpredictable and dangerous?
5. What is the myth of the bison? How has this affected the behavior of visitors to the park?
6. How many known plants exist on Earth? How man of these have cause death or serious illness in the Western hemisphere? Why is this information important?
7. Why is death due to falling trees a real threat at Yellowstone?
8. Why is death due to falling rock a significant risk at Yellowstone?
9. Give an example of someone who caused dangerous rocks to fall. What were the consequences?
10. What happened to Harry Walker? Are you surprised by this story? Why or why not?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author believes that the individual has a responsibility to make logical, safe decisions and conduct.
Part 1) Support this statement with information from this book. Why does the author believe this? How might his connection with the park influence his beliefs about visitors? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
Part 2) Do you believe that most of these deaths were due to ignorance and negligence? Why or why not? Might the author agree with you? Why or why not?
Part 3) In the U.S., is most of the responsibility placed on the individual who is injured or killed or the place in which the injury or death occurs? Support this with information from this book. Do you agree that this is where the responsibility should be placed? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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