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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 is the origin of the Stampede Trail?

2. Near what famous landmark did Chris McCandless die?

3. What was located at Oh-My-God Hot Springs?

4. How does Chapter 1 begin?

5. What strange actions did Chris take right after graduating college?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chris's journal, what did he think was happening to him?

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

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

4. Discuss the difference between Chris's treatment of his parents and the way he treated strangers.

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

6. What two things was Gallien able to provide the Alaska authorities?

7. What is so unusual about Chris's never seeing another human being while he was camped at the bus?

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

9. Explain the origins of the Stampede Trail.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write about hitchhiking. What are the dangers? Why do people not pick up hitchhikers very much? Include Gaylord Stuckey, who seldom picked up hitchhikers, and Jim Gallien who picked Chris up even though he was carrying a rifle.

Essay Topic 3

Given the amount of information Krakauer includes about Chris's abilities, write and OP-ED piece about another successful course Chris might have taken to realize his ideals. You might want to have him go into the Peace Corps or get involved in something like Habitat for Humanity.

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