Into the Wild Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What appears to be Krakauer's main motive in writing Into The Wild?

2. Why did Christ steal a bicycle in Northern California?

3. What did Westerberg give Chris?

4. What type of people did Ruess like to spend time with?

5. How did Walt and Billie McCandless learn in Chapter 4 where their son might be?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a literary parallel between Chris and Ruess?

2. Explain why Krakauer traveled to Carthage, South Dakota.

3. How does Krakauer rebut the idea that Chris was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist?

4. Explain Chris's lack of readiness for his Alaskan adventure.

5. Explain why Gallien decided not to notify the authorities of Chris's plan.

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

7. How abrupt was Chris's separation from his family?

8. Describe Westerberg's comments to Krakauer two months after Chris died.

9. What happened to Chris's plan to paddle a canoe from Arizona to the Gulf of California?

10. What is clear about the author's intentions in writing this book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay expressing your opinion of Chris McCandless. Answer whether he was mentally stable, how he did or did not use people, whether he might have survived except for some bad luck, and how well he was prepared to survive alone.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on your idea of living off the land. In the essay give specific details about the knowledge one would need before attempting to live that way. What skills would a person need as well? Where would be ideal locations for such an endeavor?

Essay Topic 3

Write a fictitious story about meeting Chris McCandless. Place yourself in one of the locations where Chris was (e.g. the McDonald's in Bullhead City, on the Colorado River, at Oh-My-God Hot Springs, in a railroad freight car, etc.) and write your story as a dialog between you and him.

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