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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why did Chris adopt the name Alex Burres?
(a) He took it when people thought he was Jan's son.
(b) He realized he needed a second name.
(c) He liked the initials AB.
(d) He became a surrogate for Jan Burres's estranged son.

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

4. What does Krakauer think might have made the difference in Chris's survival?
(a) If he had found a warmer shelter in Alaska.
(b) If he had not made one or two critical mistakes.
(c) If he had brought along some brandy.
(d) If he had taken someone with him.

5. Where did Chris live while he was in Carthage?
(a) In a cheap boarding house.
(b) In the Westerberg home.
(c) At the YMCA.
(d) In a tack room.

6. What news seriously alarmed Jan Burres?
(a) That Alex never intended to see any of his family again.
(b) That Alex was wanted by the Nevada police.
(c) That Alex might be a serial killer.
(d) That Alex had burned the last of his money when he abandoned his car.

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

8. Who had left Chris a $40,000 inheritance for his school?
(a) A friend of the family.
(b) A wealthy uncle.
(c) His grandmother.
(d) A former employer.

9. What did Chris do after Westerberg was jailed?
(a) He kept himself hidden because the police might have been looking for him.
(b) He stayed with Westerberg's family until he got out.
(c) He headed north to Alaska.
(d) He hitchhiked to Needles, California, then walked through the desert to Topock, Arizona.

10. Why did the employees at McDonald's object to Chris?
(a) His bad attitude.
(b) His long hair.
(c) His being a loner.
(d) His poor hygiene.

11. What did Gallien notice about Chris's boots?
(a) They were designed for mountain climbing.
(b) They were lightweight and not waterproof.
(c) They were too large for his feet.
(d) They were old and ripped out at the seams.

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

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

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

15. What was the similar experience that led to both of these stories of drop out and adventure?
(a) Both of them graduated from Emory University.
(b) Both of them had issues with their family life.
(c) Both of them were classical musicians.
(d) Both of them drove Yellow Datsons.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comment does Krakauer make about Chris's fondness for Jack London?

2. In regards to family, how do Ruess and Chris compare?

3. How does Krakauer classify Chris as opposed to the way most people saw him?

4. Where did Chris intend to hike?

5. What did Chris tell Gallien his plans were?

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