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. At which stop did Chris remain for the longest time?

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

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

4. After a semester at UCLA and a winter in San Francisco, what did Ruess do?

5. What message did Chris leave taped to the door of the bus?

Short Essay Questions

1. Tell something about Chris's connection to Jan Burres and her boyfriend Bob.

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

3. What was the relationship Chris developed with the Westerberg family?

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

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

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

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

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

9. The man Chris describes as a lunatic, Charlie, holds what kind of opinion about Chris?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write about respect for authority. Using the example of Chris failing one course, physics, because he refused to turn in his assignments according to the way the professor wanted them. Then broaden the point of view. You may want to write about taggers (delinquents who paint graffiti on public buildings). Conclude with your idea about what society would be like if everyone simply did whatever he or she pleased without regard to others or the law.

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 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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