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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What similar classic books are favorites of Ruess and Chris?
(a) Look Homeward Angel and Lassie Come Home.
(b) Great Expectations and Gone With the Wind.
(c) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Moby Dick.
(d) Call of the Wild and Around the World in Eighty Days.

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

4. 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) The other drifters believed he was an undercover cop.
(c) Tracy, a 17-year-old girl developed a huge crush on him.
(d) He got into an argument with Jan Burres.

5. In Chris's relationships with people, what is the most striking contradiction?
(a) His hurtfulness toward his family and his refusal to help anyone else.
(b) His ambivalence to his family and his hatred of the people he met.
(c) His coldness toward his parents and his warmth with people he met in his travels.
(d) His love for his family but his inability to show it.

6. Why does Krakauer include a narrative about moose hunters driving off-road trucks to get to the site Chris eventually found?
(a) To explain the existence of the bus where Chris stayed.
(b) To show the difficulties even well-equipped people have in this wilderness.
(c) To put a note of optimism into the story which sustains the suspense.
(d) To provide a bit of humor against the tension of the story.

7. What did Chris do after Westerberg was jailed?
(a) He kept himself hidden because the police might have been looking for him.
(b) He stayed with Westerberg's family until he got out.
(c) He headed north to Alaska.
(d) He hitchhiked to Needles, California, then walked through the desert to Topock, Arizona.

8. What surprising thing about Chris does Westerberg remember about him?
(a) That he would eventually end up in a monastery in Tibet.
(b) That he knew what he was doing was unfair to his parents.
(c) That he had expressed a desire to marry and have a family some day.
(d) That he secretly had a sexual fantasy about his sister.

9. Impressed with Chris's intelligence, what did Franz try to get him to do?
(a) Start teaching young people.
(b) Get an education.
(c) Write a book about his travels.
(d) Clean up and get a good job.

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

11. Where had Chris McCandless attended school and graduated with honors?
(a) Harvard University.
(b) Yale University.
(c) Emory University.
(d) The University of Virginia.

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

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

14. What message did Chris leave taped to the door of the bus?
(a) That he was near death.
(b) That he would return in an hour.
(c) That he had staked a claim on this bus.
(d) That visitors were welcome.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How were Chris's ideals defined in his own mind?

3. Why did Chris write in his journal that hiking around Lake Meade was a mistake?

4. Where did Chris meet Wayne Westerberg?

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

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