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. Where had Chris McCandless attended school and graduated with honors?

2. How does Chapter 1 begin?

3. What was the similar experience that led to both of these stories of drop out and adventure?

4. Who does Krakauer mention who had done something similar to what Chris did and survived?

5. What parallel does Krakauer draw between Chris and Carl McCunn?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain why Gallien decided not to notify the authorities of Chris's plan.

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

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

6. Jon Krakauer wrote an article about Chris McCandless for OUTSIDE magazine in January of 1993. Explain why Krakauer was then compelled to write the book, Into The Wild

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

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

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

10. Explain the origins of the Stampede Trail.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Write an essay about loneliness. Using Ron Franz as an example, write about how losing loved ones can affect one's life and what one can do to fill the void. Give your opinion of Ron Franz as to whether he had a good plan for living alone.

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