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 is Krakauer's obvious purpose of including the information in Chapter 9?

2. What did Chris do on frequent visits to Franz's apartment in Salton City?

3. What news seriously alarmed Jan Burres?

4. Where did Chris live while he was in Carthage?

5. What had Chris's mother and father offered to do after he graduated from college?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are letters written by Ruess and Chris another point of similarity in their stories?

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

4. 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

5. What kind of place was The Slabs?

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

7. Describe the first indication that Walt and Billie McCandless had of where Chris might be.

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

9. Describe Westerberg's comments to Krakauer two months after Chris died.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on romanticism as it pertains to frontier adventure. Use Chris, Krakauer, and Ruess from the book, but also include frontiersmen from American history and those adventurers who are at the forefront of space exploration.

Essay Topic 2

Gather information about Jack London. Write about how Chris admired his description of survival in the Alaskan wilderness but did not recognize it as fiction written by a man who never did the things included in his book, CALL OF THE WILD.

Essay Topic 3

Write a fictitious story about meeting Chris McCandless. Place yourself in one of the locations where Chris was (e.g. the McDonald's in Bullhead City, on the Colorado River, at Oh-My-God Hot Springs, in a railroad freight car, etc.) and write your story as a dialog between you and him.

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