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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Ruess's biographer, Ken Sleight, believe happened to Ruess?
(a) Accidental drowning.
(b) A robbery and murder.
(c) Ruess changed his name and disappeared.
(d) Falling from a cliff.

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

5. What did Westerberg give Chris?
(a) A ride to Alaska.
(b) A meal and a room for the night.
(c) A pair of rubber boots.
(d) A job on his combine crew.

6. What did Chris tell Gallien his plans were?
(a) To hike from Mt. McKinley to the Gulf of Mexico.
(b) To write a book like Thoreau.
(c) To hike as far north as he could go.
(d) To walk into the wilderness near Denali National Park to live off the land for several months.

7. In what way did Chris exhibit a double standard about money?
(a) He refused to take money for the work he did, but accepted goods that probably cost as much.
(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 borrowed money that he knew he could never repay.

8. 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.

9. What alias did Ruess carve on the walls of the canyon?
(a) Yosemite Sam.
(b) Ahab.
(c) Nemo.
(d) Frost.

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

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

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

13. How were Chris's ideals defined in his own mind?
(a) They were defined by the works of Phillip Roth and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(b) He valued chastity and moral purity as defined by Tolstoy and Thoreau.
(c) His ideals were defined by his own sense of injustice in the world.
(d) They were defined by the poetry of E.E. cummings.

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

15. What Tolstoy book was found inside the bus?
(a) The Gulag Archipeliago.
(b) The Cherry Orchard.
(c) Family Happiness.
(d) War and Peace.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is The Slabs?

2. What does Krakauer suggest shows that Chris was not mentally ill?

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

4. What was the official verdict on the cause of death?

5. What was Chris carrying when he met Jim Gallien?

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