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 surviving 10 years living off the land, what became of Rosellini?

2. Where did Chris McCandless come from?

3. At what point did Chris stop writing in his journal?

4. What did Gail believe about Chris's past life?

5. How does Krakauer answer Chris's critics?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain why Krakauer traveled to Carthage, South Dakota.

5. What are some particulars about Alex (Chris) deciding to go to San Diego?

6. Explain the origins of the Stampede Trail.

7. How did there happen to be an abandoned bus where Chris could find it?

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

9. How does Krakauer rebut the idea that Chris was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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