Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park Test | Final 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. 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?

2. Can the dangers be eliminated without making the wild something other than a wilderness?

3. What must everyone in the boat have?

4. If you want to boat on Yellowstone Lake, what type of boat should you use?

5. When did the first two drownings occur?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first suicide at Yellowstone. How is this story important?

2. Describe the one fight that led to a death. Are you surprised by this death? Why or why not?

3. How do most drownings occur?

4. 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?

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

6. What are other ways that people have drowned?

7. What happened to LeRoy R. Piper? What does the author think about him?

8. 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?

9. How often do forest fires take place? Why might this be?

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

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

Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful place yet it is full of fatal dangers.

Part 1) Describe Yellowstone National Park. How is it beautiful, yet dangerous? Why is this important to the author that the reader understand? How is the author's background and interests tied to the writing of this book?

Part 2) What is the purpose of this book? Does the author fulfill this purpose? If so, how? If not, why not? Can you relate to the purpose of this book? Why or why not?

Part 3) How might other places around the world be both beautiful and dangerous? Might the information in this book pertain to those places as well? Why or why not? What can be learned about the U.S. view of dangerous and beautiful places such as Yellowstone through this book? How might this compare to other views around the world?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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