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. 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. It is more common than one would think in Montana, but not ______________.

3. Full board walkways were not introduced into thermal areas until the __________.

4. Whittlesey understands that humans want to do what regarding large animals?

5. How did the bear react to Walker's actions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author suggest people do to be more in touch with nature?

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

4. 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?

5. Describe the author of this book. How does this background information on the author reveal about his reasons for writing this book?

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

7. What does the author understand about how humans feel about large, wild animals? What advice does he give?

8. Why did many of the deaths described in this book take place?

9. What has the author noticed about people's behavior around the wild animals found at the park? Why might they act this way?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There have been strong reactions to the deaths of those killed in Yellowstone.

Part 1) Describe a death at Yellowstone. What were the reactions to this death? Are you surprised by these reactions? Why or why not? Is this an appropriate way to handle this death? Why or why not?

Part 2) How have the deaths at Yellowstone affected the park itself? How have they also affected those who work at and visit the park? How has the park changed over time due to these deaths? Are these good changes? Why or why not? Would the author see these as good changes? Why or why not?

Part 3) How have deaths elsewhere in the U.S. affected the places in which those deaths occurred? In general, is enough done to protect others from such deaths? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Most of the suicides at Yellowstone were those of employees.

Part 1) Describe the suicides that took place at Yellowstone. Why did many of them take place? How do these deaths compare to other deaths that have taken place at Yellowstone?

Part 2) How does the author feel about the suicides? Why might he feel this way? Do you agree with him? Why or why not? How do the author's feelings regarding these suicides compare to how he feels about other deaths at Yellowstone?

Part 3) How does the author treat these suicide cases? Does he speak of them in a different tone than he does the other deaths? Why or why not? How does he show his compassion for all who have died at Yellowstone?

Essay Topic 3

Humans have a desire to be close to nature.

Part 1) Describe this desire, and support it with information from this book. Why do humans desire to be close to nature? How does this affect their behavior at places like Yellowstone?

Part 2) Why might humans feel that wild animals in a park would be tame? How do they come to assume this? How does Yellowstone try to warn visitors that this assumption is incorrect? Is this enough? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does the author suggest humans become closer to nature? What does this mean that visitors must understand? How might this belief affect Yellowstone and other parks like it?

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