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 food was Chris extremely fond of?

2. Near what famous landmark did Chris McCandless die?

3. What feat did Waterman achieve in 1978?

4. What indicates that Chris intended his Alaska trip to be his final great adventure?

5. Why does Krakauer devote Chapter 9 to the story of Everett Ruess?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was there a break in Chris's journal entries after he left Las Vegas in 1991?

2. How was Westerberg able to help the police with their further investigation?

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

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

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

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

7. Jon Krakauer wrote an article about Chris McCandless for OUTSIDE magazine in January of 1993. Explain why Krakauer was then compelled to write the book, Into The Wild

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

9. How did there happen to be an abandoned bus where Chris could find it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From information in the book, Into The wild, and other sources, write about the Alaskan wilderness. Discuss whether you think it would be a good place to visit, even with the transportation you might need and all the equipment you would need for such a trip.

Essay Topic 2

Write about an extended trip you would like to take? Would you go alone? Would you not carry money and expect to find jobs to pay your way? Would you do any camping? Where would you go and how long would you stay?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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