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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Near what famous landmark did Chris McCandless die?
(a) Old Faithful.
(b) Mt. Rushmore.
(c) Mt. St. Helens.
(d) Mt. McKinley.

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

4. How does Chapter 1 begin?
(a) With a postcard written by McCandless, addressed to Wayne Westerberg in Carthage, South Dakota.
(b) With a conversation Chris has with an Inuit.
(c) With a description of the Alaskan wildeerness.
(d) With a letter Chris writes to his sister.

5. What strange actions did Chris take right after graduating college?
(a) He gave away his entire savings to charity, abandoned his possessions, and became a drifter and wilderness explorer.
(b) He shot his father and spent the next three years on the run from the police.
(c) He gave his car to his sister and took a bicycle to New York where he went to work on a merchant ship.
(d) He began a backpack trip that he hoped would eventually take him around the world.

6. What appears to be Krakauer's main motive in writing Into The Wild?
(a) To sell it to the movies.
(b) To win a Pulitzer Prize.
(c) To justify his own youth.
(d) To defend Chris McCandless from his critics.

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

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

9. Although Waterman became something of a local hero, what job did he have in Fairbanks?
(a) Accountant.
(b) Mechanic.
(c) Dishwasher.
(d) Musician.

10. What item of clothing did Chris seem to abhor?
(a) Neckties.
(b) Socks.
(c) Uniforms.
(d) Jeans.

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

12. Why is the Stampede Trail still in use?
(a) Campers and hunters keep using it instead of making a new one.
(b) In the early 1960s, the trail was upgraded by Yutan Construction to an actual roadway.
(c) It runs along side of the Alaska Pipeline.
(d) People use it to hike to Mt. McKinley.

13. What happened when the moose hunters got to the bus where they plan to camp out?
(a) The bus had been moved and they didn't know where to look for it.
(b) The bus was a burned out shell.
(c) There was a pack of wolves surrounding the bus.
(d) There was a terrible smell coming from inside the bus.

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

15. What was the similar experience that led to both of these stories of drop out and adventure?
(a) Both of them drove Yellow Datsons.
(b) Both of them graduated from Emory University.
(c) Both of them were classical musicians.
(d) Both of them had issues with their family life.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chris's relationships with people, what is the most striking contradiction?

2. What is The Slabs?

3. What feat did Waterman achieve in 1978?

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

5. What unusual political action did Waterman take after his climb?

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