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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 unusual political action did Waterman take after his climb?

2. What is Davis Gulch?

3. What steps did Walt and Billie take to find Chris?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the inconsistency of Chris and his ideas about money.

2. Why does Krakauer mention the papar at the end of Chapter 9?

3. Describe the evidence at the opening of Chapter 1 that indicates Chris might have had a premonition about his death.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Interview someone who has had an unusual travel adventure and write their story. It can be any kind of travel adventure and not just a solo trip living off the land. Ask questions about the people they met and the descriptions of the places they visited.

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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