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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. What daunting challenge did Krakauer set for himself as a young man?
(a) To scale a mountain called the Devils Thumb alone.
(b) To ski down Mt. McKinley.
(c) To prove that he is always right.
(d) To find out how much terror he can stand.

2. What was the skeleton in Walt's closet that stressed the whole family, Chris in particular?
(a) Walt kept a mistress after Chris went to college.
(b) Walt had lived a bigamist life for some years after Chris was born.
(c) Walt had affairs with several women.
(d) Walt and Billie divorced but later remarried.

3. What is prominently displayed in Carine McCandless's home?
(a) All of Chris's track trophies.
(b) Two photographs of her brother, Chris.
(c) A painting she did of her brother, Chris.
(d) A scrapbook of news clippings about Chris.

4. What did the bones outside the bus reveal?
(a) That the bus had been attacked by wolves.
(b) That the animal Chris killed had been eaten by vultures.
(c) That Chris had been unable to kill edible animals.
(d) What Chris thought was a moose was actually caribou.

5. How does Roman Dial, who teaches at the University of Alaska, interpret Chris's actions?
(a) Roman thinks no one should ever attempt what Chris did.
(b) He agrees that Chris was borderline neurotic.
(c) He thinks the native Alaskans are right to condemn Chris.
(d) Roman admires McCandless's efforts but would not undertake them himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What connection did Jim Gallien make when he read the article about Chris's death?

2. What happened 10 months after Chris's death?

3. August 12, Chris left the bus to forage for berries. What did the note he left on the door say?

4. Racing against a storm, Krakauer reaches the summit of the Thumb. How does he describe it?

5. How does Krakauer interpret the evidence he gathered about Chris?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Krakauer, visiting the site, stood on the banks of the raging Teklanika River, what advantage did he have that Chris did not have?

2. Explain Jim Gillien's difficulty in contacting the Alaska police.

3. What kind of work made Walt McCandless such a success?

4. What discovery did Chris make the summer after his freshman year in college that drove a deeper wedge between him and his father?

5. How does swainsonine become lethal in the body?

6. What do Carine and her parents regret after the fact of Chris's death?

7. What defense does Krakauer make of Chris's ability to survive in the wild?

8. Describe why the McCandlesses could not take the exact trek to the bus that Chris had taken.

9. What was Chris's problem with his parents monetary success?

10. How was Krakauer's Alaska experience different from Chris's?

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