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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. How deep is this dangerous lake in some places?
2. The largest aircraft death was the first, when ___________________ crashed.
3. Seven have drowned in ________________ Lake.
4. On August 20th, 1883, George Weber started arguing with John Zutavern; they were both employed by the park improvement company and were fighting over what?
5. A self-defense shooting happened in 1886 when stockmen Alex Ferguson and Charles Carpenter had just had a fight about what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Whittlesey think about the suicides that take place?
2. 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?
3. When did the era of drowning begin? How could this have been prevented or lessened?
4. What are other ways that people have drowned?
5. What is known about stagecoach wrecks in the park? What was the cause of most accidents? Why might this have been a consistent problem?
6. What is the single most likely cause of death at Yellowstone? Why might this be?
7. What happened to LeRoy R. Piper? What does the author think about him?
8. What does Whittlesey think about these early deaths? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
9. When have plane crashes occurred? Which was the largest craft to crash? Why is this significant?
10. Describe the violent deaths in Yellowstone. What does this reveal about the wild and national parks?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Deaths have been caused by lightning strikes, fires, and earthquakes.
Part 1) Describe the deaths caused by lightning strikes, fires, and earthquakes. Who was at fault in each of these deaths? Could these deaths have been prevented? If so, how? If not, why not?
Part 2) Are these dangers as important as other dangers in Yellowstone? Why or why not? How are these deaths different from others in this book?
Part 3) What can be done to help prevent injury and death from lightning strikes, fires, and earthquakes? How can the park learn from other areas of the country where lightning strikes, fires, and earthquakes are more prevalent?
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
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?
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