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 Tolstoy book was found inside the bus?

2. What is the tone of Krakauer's book?

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

4. Why did Chris decide to go to San Diego?

5. What strange actions did Chris take right after graduating college?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Krakauer include the story of Everett Ruess in Chapter 9?

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

3. Describe Jim Gallien's difficulty contacting the Alaska state troopers.

4. What happened to Chris's plan to paddle a canoe from Arizona to the Gulf of California?

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

6. Why does Krakauer mention the papar at the end of Chapter 9?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

From information in the book, Into The wild, and other sources, write about the Alaskan wilderness. Discuss whether you think it would be a good place to visit, even with the transportation you might need and all the equipment you would need for such a trip.

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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