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. When Franz offered to give Chris a ride to his campsite, what is it he didn't know?

2. How did Walt and Billie McCandless learn in Chapter 4 where their son might be?

3. How do Waterman and Chris differ?

4. What group of Irish aesthetics does Krakauer include in Chapter 9?

5. What device does Krakauer use to open Chapter 1 and subsequent chapters?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What do Carine and her parents regret after the fact of Chris's death?

7. Describe Walt McCandless as a professional and a businessman.

8. Describe why the McCandlesses could not take the exact trek to the bus that Chris had taken.

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a critique of Krakauer's Into The Wild. Address such things as (1) Krakauer's motive for writing the book and how well you think he succeeded, (2) Krakauer's writing style and how easy or difficult it is to read the book, (3) the value of the subject matter and how it might or might not relate to readers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write about mountain climbing and the kinds of people who are compelled to do that. Use examples from the book as well as any information you find about other mountain climbers. Sir Edmond Hillery and Mr. Everest might be a good example.

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