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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What indicates that Chris intended his Alaska trip to be his final great adventure?
(a) He said he was sure this trip would tire him out completely.
(b) He had lost a great deal of weight and looked ill.
(c) He talked about returning to take care of Ron Franz.
(d) Before leaving, Alex promised Westerberg he would return in time for the fall harvest.

2. After surviving 10 years living off the land, what became of Rosellini?
(a) He went on the lecture tour.
(b) He commited suicide and left no note.
(c) He traveled around the world backpacking.
(d) He settled down in a small town and raised a family.

3. What was the official verdict on the cause of death?
(a) Starvation.
(b) Punctured lungs.
(c) Lead poisoning.
(d) Pneumonia.

4. What type of people did Ruess like to spend time with?
(a) Vagabonds and drifters.
(b) Native Americans and Russians.
(c) Photographers and painters.
(d) Hikers and rafters.

5. 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 a classic example of a true Robinson Crusoe.
(c) As not very different from many idealistic, if short-sighted, young people.
(d) As mentally unbalanced.

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

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

8. 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) Like Chris, McCunn ruined his camera in the Alaskan wilderness.
(c) Both of them were serious dropouts from society.
(d) Both Chris and McCunn were gainfully employed when they went on their fatal trips.

9. How does Krakauer answer Chris's critics?
(a) He maintains that Chris knew what he was doing and almost made it.
(b) 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.
(c) He challenges anyone to do it better than Chris did.
(d) He shows how Chris would have survived had it not been for an accident.

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

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

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

13. Where did Krakaeur meet Westerberg?
(a) In the Daily News in Carthage.
(b) In the Caberet in Carthage.
(c) At a Texaco station in Carthage.
(d) At his house in Carthage.

14. What is the origin of the Stampede Trail?
(a) A trail left when Stampede Creek changed its course.
(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) An old trail made by stampeding cattle.

15. What did Chris and Ruess each do shortly before their deaths?
(a) Burn their money.
(b) Write out a will.
(c) Post several letters.
(d) Dig their graves.

Short Answer Questions

1. Still calling himself by another name, Chris met two drifters who befriend him. Who were they?

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

3. Where did Chris's canoe trip eventually take him after going as far as he could down the Colorado River?

4. In October of 1990, National Park Ranger, what did Bud Walsh discover?

5. Who does Krakauer mention who had done something similar to what Chris did and survived?

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