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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Chris's canoe trip eventually take him after going as far as he could down the Colorado River?
(a) Some duck hunters agreed to drive him to the Gulf of California.
(b) He retraced his way back upstream.
(c) He ended up staying with a Mexican family for six weeks.
(d) He headed South and ended up in Acapulco.

2. What did Gallien know about city people who came to do what Chris had in mind?
(a) They never got around to writing about their adventure.
(b) They usually gave up after three days.
(c) They quickly walked back to Fairbanks.
(d) Such greenhorns usually underestimated the wilderness to their own peril.

3. What is the origin of the Stampede Trail?
(a) An old trail made by stampeding cattle.
(b) A trail left when Stampede Creek changed its course.
(c) The trail that originally led to Pilgrim's mining claims along Stampede Creek.
(d) A trail originally laid out by Virgil Stampede in the 1800s.

4. What strange actions did Chris take right after graduating college?
(a) He gave his car to his sister and took a bicycle to New York where he went to work on a merchant ship.
(b) He gave away his entire savings to charity, abandoned his possessions, and became a drifter and wilderness explorer.
(c) He began a backpack trip that he hoped would eventually take him around the world.
(d) He shot his father and spent the next three years on the run from the police.

5. What human contact did Chris have as he hikeed West from Lake Mead?
(a) A few vagabonds and some law officers.
(b) Men working on an oil drilling rig.
(c) A troop of Boy Scouts.
(d) People in a small village.

6. Although Waterman became something of a local hero, what job did he have in Fairbanks?
(a) Musician.
(b) Mechanic.
(c) Accountant.
(d) Dishwasher.

7. During an interview with Krakauer, what does Westerberg say about Chris?
(a) That he seldom told the truth.
(b) That he lacked common sense.
(c) That he had an admirable spirit of adventure.
(d) That he was an expert mechanic.

8. What appears to be Krakauer's main motive in writing Into The Wild?
(a) To defend Chris McCandless from his critics.
(b) To sell it to the movies.
(c) To justify his own youth.
(d) To win a Pulitzer Prize.

9. In Chris's relationships with people, what is the most striking contradiction?
(a) His ambivalence to his family and his hatred of the people he met.
(b) His love for his family but his inability to show it.
(c) His coldness toward his parents and his warmth with people he met in his travels.
(d) His hurtfulness toward his family and his refusal to help anyone else.

10. On his last trip to Carthage, who is the woman Chris became close with?
(a) Westerberg's daughter, AnneW.
(b) Westerberg's cook, Francine.
(c) Westerberg's mother, Alice.
(d) Westerberg's girlfriend, Gail Borah.

11. Where did Chris intend to hike?
(a) The Stampede Trail, a faint track in the wilderness well off the beaten path.
(b) Where no one had ever gone before.
(c) Along the Alaskan Pipeline.
(d) Southwestward into Canada.

12. What parallel does Krakauer draw between Chris and Carl McCunn?
(a) McCunn died in the Alaskan wilderness because of an oversight just as Chris did.
(b) Both Chris and McCunn were gainfully employed when they went on their fatal trips.
(c) Both of them were serious dropouts from society.
(d) Like Chris, McCunn ruined his camera in the Alaskan wilderness.

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

14. Why is the Stampede Trail still in use?
(a) People use it to hike to Mt. McKinley.
(b) Campers and hunters keep using it instead of making a new one.
(c) It runs along side of the Alaska Pipeline.
(d) In the early 1960s, the trail was upgraded by Yutan Construction to an actual roadway.

15. Where did Jim Gallien first encounter Chris?
(a) In a cheap cafe on the outskirts of Fairbanks.
(b) Hitchhiking about four miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska.
(c) In a hardware store in Fairbanks, Alaska.
(d) In the library at Fairbanks, Alaska.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Tolstoy book was found inside the bus?

2. What did Chris do on frequent visits to Franz's apartment in Salton City?

3. At which stop did Chris remain for the longest time?

4. What is Krakauer's message by using the details of the moose hunter's trip to the bus?

5. What did Gallien notice about Chris's boots?

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