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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 indicates that Chris intended his Alaska trip to be his final great adventure?

2. Why does Krakauer include a narrative about moose hunters driving off-road trucks to get to the site Chris eventually found?

3. What did Chris do after Westerberg was jailed?

4. Why does Krakauer devote Chapter 9 to the story of Everett Ruess?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the origins of the Stampede Trail.

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

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

4. Why do people still come to the site where the bus stands?

5. How did Wayne Westerberg come to notify the police?

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

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

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

9. What impression did Chris make on Ron Franz?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write about hitchhiking. What are the dangers? Why do people not pick up hitchhikers very much? Include Gaylord Stuckey, who seldom picked up hitchhikers, and Jim Gallien who picked Chris up even though he was carrying a rifle.

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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