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 prevented Jan and Bob from going to Bullhead City to pick Chris up?

2. What happened when the moose hunters got to the bus where they plan to camp out?

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

4. What event happened in April 1992 that prompted the writing of Into The Wild?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the first indication that Walt and Billie McCandless had of where Chris might be.

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

5. How was Westerberg able to help the police with their further investigation?

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

7. What kind of place was The Slabs?

8. What impression did Chris make on Ron Franz?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on romanticism as it pertains to frontier adventure. Use Chris, Krakauer, and Ruess from the book, but also include frontiersmen from American history and those adventurers who are at the forefront of space exploration.

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 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.

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