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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Krakauer mention who had done something similar to what Chris did and survived?
(a) The first man to climb Mt. McKinley.
(b) Albert Swartz, a modern day Thoreau.
(c) Gene Rosellini, the Mayor of Hippie Cove.
(d) Thor Heidahl who sailed the Pacific in a canoe.

2. What did Chris do on frequent visits to Franz's apartment in Salton City?
(a) Work out in Franz's garage.
(b) Clean house for Franz.
(c) His laundry and learn leathercraft.
(d) Read Franz's books.

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

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

5. 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) Such greenhorns usually underestimated the wilderness to their own peril.
(c) They quickly walked back to Fairbanks.
(d) They usually gave up after three days.

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

7. What prevented Jan and Bob from going to Bullhead City to pick Chris up?
(a) Their mobile home broke down.
(b) He arrived at their door before they could leave.
(c) A series of freak desert storms.
(d) Information that they were wanted by the police.

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

9. 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.

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

11. At what point did Chris stop writing in his journal?
(a) When it accidentally fell into his campfire one night.
(b) When it had no more blank pages.
(c) When he decided that no one would ever read it.
(d) When his camera was ruined and he buried it outside of Vegas.

12. How does Krakauer answer Chris's critics?
(a) Krakauer cites several examples of marginal individuals who have died in the Alaskan wilderness, presenting the details of their cases to show that McCandless was not the typical foolish greenhorn.
(b) He challenges anyone to do it better than Chris did.
(c) He maintains that Chris knew what he was doing and almost made it.
(d) He shows how Chris would have survived had it not been for an accident.

13. What device does Krakauer use to open Chapter 1 and subsequent chapters?
(a) A drawing.
(b) A quotation.
(c) A skull and cross bones.
(d) A photograph.

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

15. What is ironic about Krakauer's descriptions of Walt McCandless and that of his rebellious son, Chris?
(a) Chris was a carbon copy of his father when he was that age.
(b) Walt had always been kind and generous but Chris had always been aloof.
(c) Krakauer describes Chris and Walt McCandless as being very similar, both stubborn and temperamental individuals.
(d) Walt and Chris believe in the same socialistic things.

Short Answer Questions

1. What strange actions did Chris take right after graduating college?

2. What was Chris's plan for after college that he did not tell his family?

3. Where did Chris intend to hike?

4. What questions did Chris ask Gallien that impressed the older man?

5. What symbol is ironic on the leather belt?

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