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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What story does Krakauer tell that resembles Chris's in many ways?
(a) The troubles of Carl Jennings.
(b) The adventures of Edmund Scott.
(c) The life of John Mallon Waterman.
(d) The loneliness of Henry David Thoreau.

2. What was located at Oh-My-God Hot Springs?
(a) A hippie commune of sorts, which had sprung up around some natural hot springs.
(b) A pool with a waterfall.
(c) A tourist inn and spa.
(d) A ranger station.

3. How does Krakauer classify Chris as opposed to the way most people saw him?
(a) As a true hero others should look up to.
(b) As not very different from many idealistic, if short-sighted, young people.
(c) As mentally unbalanced.
(d) As a classic example of a true Robinson Crusoe.

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

5. What complication did Chris face while living in The Slabs?
(a) Tracy, a 17-year-old girl developed a huge crush on him.
(b) He got into an argument with Jan Burres.
(c) The other drifters believed he was an undercover cop.
(d) He could produce no identification when the border patrol came to the camp.

6. 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 shows how Chris would have survived had it not been for an accident.
(c) He challenges anyone to do it better than Chris did.
(d) He maintains that Chris knew what he was doing and almost made it.

7. What response does Krakauer report that he got from his OUTSIDE Magazine article on Chris?
(a) Most people thought Krakauer had made up the story.
(b) Most people wanted to know more about Chris's family life.
(c) Most people applauded Chris's spirit.
(d) They were mostly critical of Chris's ignorance.

8. What problem did the authorities have after removing Chris's body?
(a) Getting the body to Fairbanks.
(b) Identifying him.
(c) Keeping the body frozen.
(d) Finding enough tissue to autopsy.

9. What message did Chris leave taped to the door of the bus?
(a) That he had staked a claim on this bus.
(b) That visitors were welcome.
(c) That he would return in an hour.
(d) That he was near death.

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

11. In regards to family, how do Ruess and Chris compare?
(a) Ruess and Chris both missed their families as they traveled.
(b) Ruess seemed to be on good relations with his family unlike Chris.
(c) They both were alienated from their families.
(d) Like Chris, Ruess felt his family supported his travels.

12. What symbol is ironic on the leather belt?
(a) A serpent head baring its fangs.
(b) A tombstone marked R.I.P.
(c) A raised fist.
(d) Chris's initials surrounded by a scull and crossbones.

13. What had Chris's mother and father offered to do after he graduated from college?
(a) Bring him into the family business.
(b) Buy him a new car and pay for his graduate school.
(c) Help him get a job with their Congressman.
(d) Give him a trip to Europe.

14. In what way did Chris exhibit a double standard about money?
(a) He borrowed money that he knew he could never repay.
(b) He now wanted to collect all the money he could to outfit himself for Alaska.
(c) He refused to let Jan drive him to pick up his last check at McDonald's.
(d) He refused to take money for the work he did, but accepted goods that probably cost as much.

15. Why did Krakauer include so much about the McCandless family in Chapter 3?
(a) To give the reader an idea that Chris might change his mind.
(b) To contrast them with the adoptive Westerberg family.
(c) To make Chris seem thoughtless and cold.
(d) Just for conversation with Wayne Westerberg.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is The Slabs?

2. How were Chris's ideals defined in his own mind?

3. What did Westerberg give Chris?

4. What is the origin of the Stampede Trail?

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

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