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. Where did Chris intend to hike?

2. What steps did Walt and Billie take to find Chris?

3. To whom did Chris send a postcard from Bullhead City?

4. What comment does Krakauer make about Chris's fondness for Jack London?

5. What news seriously alarmed Jan Burres?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a literary parallel between Chris and Ruess?

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

3. Why was there a break in Chris's journal entries after he left Las Vegas in 1991?

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

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

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

7. Explain Chris's lack of readiness for his Alaskan adventure.

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

9. What is Krakauer's summary of Chris's actions during the time he was looking for work to save up for Alaska?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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