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. LeRoy R. Piper disappeared on July 30th, _________.

2. Six airplane crashes have killed ___________ people in 1943, 1963, 1970, 1978, 1987 and 1981.

3. 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?

4. Phillip Bassett died on May 1st, 1884 from what?

5. A park bus killed a woman on July 15th, ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Where did the Native Americans in Yellowstone live?

4. When did the era of drowning begin? How could this have been prevented or lessened?

5. When have plane crashes occurred? Which was the largest craft to crash? Why is this significant?

6. Describe the violent deaths in Yellowstone. What does this reveal about the wild and national parks?

7. 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?

8. Did any drownings take place simultaneously? Why or why not?

9. How do most drownings occur?

10. What are other ways that people have drowned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Death caused by bears is rare.

Part 1) Describe what usually takes place when bears and humans come into contact in Yellowstone National Park. Are you surprised by the behavior of many visitors around bears? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why might so few deaths occur from bear attacks? Are you surprised by this? Why or why not? How does this affect your view of bears? When a bear attacks, who is at fault? Why?

Part 3) Describe the story the author tells of someone who was killed by a bear at Yellowstone. Are you surprised by this bear's reaction? Why or why not? What might this reaction say about the bear? What should have been done about this bear? Why? What was done after this incident? Was this sufficient? Why or why not?

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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