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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did Chris do on frequent visits to Franz's apartment in Salton City?
(a) Work out in Franz's garage.
(b) Read Franz's books.
(c) Clean house for Franz.
(d) His laundry and learn leathercraft.

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

4. What is Krakauer's obvious purpose of including the information in Chapter 9?
(a) Krakauer gives examples to leave the reader confused about Chris.
(b) Krakauer skillfully shows that there has never been someone like Chris McCandless.
(c) Krakauer gradually and artfully transforms the reader's view of Chris from mentally ill isolationist to knowledgeable spiritual seeker.
(d) Krakauer points out that there have historically been examples of sick isolationists.

5. Why was author Jon Krakauer interested in writing Chris's story?
(a) Krakauer recognized that Chris's story would be a sure-fire best seller and be made into a movie.
(b) Krakauer identifies with McCandless's attraction to nature and to high-risk activities, and also understands the young man's troubled relationship with his father.
(c) Krakauer had nothing better to do at the time and thought he would enjoy visiting all the places Chris had gone.
(d) Krakauer wanted to pass judgement on Chris in the hopes of preventing another young man from doing the same.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the similar experience that led to both of these stories of drop out and adventure?

2. What problem did Killian have in contacting the authorities?

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

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

5. What food was Chris extremely fond of?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are letters written by Ruess and Chris another point of similarity in their stories?

2. When hunters discovered Chris's body in September of 1992, what did they decide to do?

3. What was the irony Krakauer thought about as he kept attempting to climb Devil's Thumb?

4. How did Wayne Westerberg come to notify the police?

5. What indicates to Krakauer that there was a very close relationship between Carine and Chris?

6. What did Chris do in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park?

7. What is Krakauer's summary of Chris's actions during the time he was looking for work to save up for Alaska?

8. When Jim Gallien picked Chris up, what went through the back of his mind?

9. The man Chris describes as a lunatic, Charlie, holds what kind of opinion about Chris?

10. Describe Walt McCandless as a professional and a businessman.

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