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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

Look up information about the Mojave Desert and write an essay about the advisability of trying to exist alone in a place like that. Give your opinion about what might have happened to Chris in the Mojave Desert when he is reported to have nearly died.

Essay Topic 2

Look up four or five edible wild plants and write about them. Tell where to find them, how to prepare them for eating, whether they must be cooked, and any danger of confusing them with another plant that is poisonous.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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