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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What unusual political action did Waterman take after his climb?
(a) He campaigned for LBJ.
(b) He got elected to the Fairbanks School Board.
(c) He applied to go to West Point.
(d) He ran for President of the United States.

2. What did Krakauer include in the book besides events he uncovered from the life of Chris McCandless?
(a) Some of his own experiences as a young man.
(b) Some allusions to Huckelberry Finn.
(c) Adventures of several other young men.
(d) Facts and figures from the U. S. Census Bureau.

3. When Chris corresponded with his sister, what did he confide to her?
(a) That he would surprise them all and come home.
(b) That he planned to lull his parents into a false sense of security then cut them out of his life abruptly and decisively.
(c) That he was tired of being on the run all the time.
(d) That he would see her by Christmas time.

4. Why did Chris write in his journal that hiking around Lake Meade was a mistake?
(a) It was much larger than he anticipated.
(b) There were no people anywhere around the lake.
(c) The heat was so intense that he became delirious.
(d) He had not been in a town where he could buy new boots.

5. What does Ruess's biographer, Ken Sleight, believe happened to Ruess?
(a) Accidental drowning.
(b) Ruess changed his name and disappeared.
(c) Falling from a cliff.
(d) A robbery and murder.

6. Chris confided to Gail Borah that he was close to one member of his family. Who is that?
(a) His uncle, Milton.
(b) His sister, Carine.
(c) His gramdmother.
(d) His cousin, Jason.

7. What do some people think about Chris McCandless?
(a) That he was murdered in Alaska.
(b) That he was accident prone.
(c) That he had the spirit of Daniel Boone.
(d) That he was a foolish boy who threw away his life.

8. To whom did Chris send a postcard from Bullhead City?
(a) His sister.
(b) Westerberg.
(c) Jan Buress.
(d) His ex-girlfriend.

9. How did Chris describe Charlie, the man who let him stay in a vacant mobile home?
(a) As a father figure.
(b) As a lunatic.
(c) As being benevolent.
(d) As uneducated.

10. What is Krakauer's thesis about Chris?
(a) That no one had fully informed Chris about all the dangers he faced.
(b) That Chris had been given misinformation that led to his doing the wrong things.
(c) That McCandless understood the risks he faced and came fully prepared to surmount them.
(d) That Chris was never in full command of his faculties.

11. What is Krakauer's message by using the details of the moose hunter's trip to the bus?
(a) He shows that even seasoned hunters must contend with the harsh elements of the northwest.
(b) He shows more about how beautiful the landscape is in that place.
(c) He breaks up the story to keep it interesting.
(d) It is how he explains the difficulty in getting to the place where Chris died.

12. After a semester at UCLA and a winter in San Francisco, what did Ruess do?
(a) Looking for someone to join his nature walks.
(b) Keeping a journal that was published after his death.
(c) Spent the rest of his days backpacking and sleeping on the ground.
(d) Studying photography.

13. Where had Chris McCandless attended school and graduated with honors?
(a) The University of Virginia.
(b) Emory University.
(c) Yale University.
(d) Harvard University.

14. What did Butch Killian want to do when he arrived on the bus scene where Chris had died?
(a) He wanted to burn the bus to rid it of the smell.
(b) He wanted to contact the media because it was a great story.
(c) He wanted to form a search party to see if there was anyone else with the dead boy.
(d) He wanted to contact the state police to come and remove the body.

15. What did Gail believe about Chris's past life?
(a) That his real problem was something that happened between him and his father.
(b) That he was terribly deprived and abused.
(c) That he had imagined all his problems with his family.
(d) That he was extremely immature and was only being rebellious.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Chapter 1 begin?

2. What surprising thing about Chris does Westerberg remember about him?

3. What is ironic about Krakauer's descriptions of Walt McCandless and that of his rebellious son, Chris?

4. What group of Irish aesthetics does Krakauer include in Chapter 9?

5. What did Chris realize after he decided to abandon his once beloved Datsun?

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