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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Who had carved a passage from the creek up to the dry gulch?
(a) Mormon cattlemen.
(b) Railroad explorers.
(c) American Indians.
(d) Campers.

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

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

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

8. What unusual political action did Waterman take after his climb?
(a) He campaigned for LBJ.
(b) He got elected to the Fairbanks School Board.
(c) He applied to go to West Point.
(d) He ran for President of the United States.

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

10. What is the tone of Krakauer's book?
(a) Defiant.
(b) Compassionate.
(c) Fearful.
(d) Angry.

11. Who does Krakauer mention who had done something similar to what Chris did and survived?
(a) Gene Rosellini, the Mayor of Hippie Cove.
(b) The first man to climb Mt. McKinley.
(c) Thor Heidahl who sailed the Pacific in a canoe.
(d) Albert Swartz, a modern day Thoreau.

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

13. Why did Chris adopt the name Alex Burres?
(a) He realized he needed a second name.
(b) He liked the initials AB.
(c) He took it when people thought he was Jan's son.
(d) He became a surrogate for Jan Burres's estranged son.

14. How does Krakauer classify Chris as opposed to the way most people saw him?
(a) As mentally unbalanced.
(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 a true hero others should look up to.

15. What did Gallien think about Chris's weapon?
(a) It was badly in need of cleaning.
(b) It was difficult to carry.
(c) It was too small to be effective against large animals.
(d) It had no case to put it in for protection from the weather.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What similar classic books are favorites of Ruess and Chris?

3. How did Chris introduce himself to Gallien?

4. After dropping Chris off, why did Gallien decide not to notify the authorities?

5. When Chris corresponded with his sister, what did he confide to her?

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