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. After dropping Chris off, why did Gallien decide not to notify the authorities?

2. What Tolstoy book was found inside the bus?

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

4. How were Chris's ideals defined in his own mind?

5. Where did Chris McCandless come from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Tell how Krakauer disliked the assertion from so many people that Chris had foolishly thrown away his life.

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

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

5. Discuss Chris's abandonment of his beloved Datsun.

6. Why does Krakauer include the story of Everett Ruess in Chapter 9?

7. Explain the origins of the Stampede Trail.

8. Talk about the indication that Chris was planning for the Alaska trip to be his last adventure.

9. What was the relationship Chris developed with the Westerberg family?

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

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 mountain climbing and the kinds of people who are compelled to do that. Use examples from the book as well as any information you find about other mountain climbers. Sir Edmond Hillery and Mr. Everest might be a good example.

Essay Topic 3

Write your opinion of how Chris McCandless might have changed had he survived. Some of the passages he underscored in books he was reading might give you some insight into how he might have been after leaving Alaska.

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