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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Krakauer describes Chris and Walt McCandless as being very similar, both stubborn and temperamental individuals.
(c) Walt and Chris believe in the same socialistic things.
(d) Walt had always been kind and generous but Chris had always been aloof.

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

3. What did Chris realize after he decided to abandon his once beloved Datsun?
(a) That it would be impossible to continue without a car.
(b) That he was free from material possessions that tie him down.
(c) That he missed his family and wanted to go home.
(d) That he needed better hiking shoes since he was now walking.

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

5. What did Gail believe about Chris's past life?
(a) That he was extremely immature and was only being rebellious.
(b) That he was terribly deprived and abused.
(c) That his real problem was something that happened between him and his father.
(d) That he had imagined all his problems with his family.

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

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

8. What is The Slabs?
(a) An abandoned military base where drifters come during the winter.
(b) A flat, rocky area in the Arizona desert.
(c) An old U. S. Calvary outpost.
(d) A settlement of people who erect their tents on concrete slabs.

9. What is Krakauer's thesis about Chris?
(a) That no one had fully informed Chris about all the dangers he faced.
(b) That Chris was never in full command of his faculties.
(c) That Chris had been given misinformation that led to his doing the wrong things.
(d) That McCandless understood the risks he faced and came fully prepared to surmount them.

10. After a semester at UCLA and a winter in San Francisco, what did Ruess do?
(a) Looking for someone to join his nature walks.
(b) Keeping a journal that was published after his death.
(c) Studying photography.
(d) Spent the rest of his days backpacking and sleeping on the ground.

11. What is Krakauer's message by using the details of the moose hunter's trip to the bus?
(a) He breaks up the story to keep it interesting.
(b) It is how he explains the difficulty in getting to the place where Chris died.
(c) He shows more about how beautiful the landscape is in that place.
(d) He shows that even seasoned hunters must contend with the harsh elements of the northwest.

12. What was Chris carrying when he met Jim Gallien?
(a) A plastic bag of groceries.
(b) A small dog.
(c) A rifle.
(d) A battered canoe.

13. When Franz offered to give Chris a ride to his campsite, what is it he didn't know?
(a) About the Oh-My-God Hot Springs.
(b) Whether Chris was dangerous or not.
(c) If his truck would make the trip and back.
(d) That he would have to walk to see Chris's campsite.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What device does Krakauer use to open Chapter 1 and subsequent chapters?

2. What did Gallien notice about Chris's boots?

3. Why does Krakauer devote Chapter 9 to the story of Everett Ruess?

4. What prevented Jan and Bob from going to Bullhead City to pick Chris up?

5. Why did Chris decide to go to San Diego?

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