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. In Chris's relationships with people, what is the most striking contradiction?

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

3. What feat did Waterman achieve in 1978?

4. What questions did Chris ask Gallien that impressed the older man?

5. In what area do people who knew Chris agree that he was inexperienced?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Tell how Krakauer disliked the assertion from so many people that Chris had foolishly thrown away his life.

3. Explain the origins of the Stampede Trail.

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

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

6. As Krakauer, visiting the site, stood on the banks of the raging Teklanika River, what advantage did he have that Chris did not have?

7. How are letters written by Ruess and Chris another point of similarity in their stories?

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

9. How was Krakauer's Alaska experience different from Chris's?

10. Explain why Krakauer traveled to Carthage, South Dakota.

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

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 your opinion about the effect pets can have on one's life. Use the example of Chris and Carine's dog, Buck. Add examples from your life--either pets you have had and been close to or examples of people and their special pets you know.

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