Into the Wild Test | Final 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 is so poignant about the final photograph Chris took of himself holding his good-bye note?

2. Chris's parents had moved, but his step brother was contacted. After he positively identified Chris, what did he do?

3. How far did Chris travel on the Stampede Trail before he located the abandoned bus?

4. What trait did sports reveal in Chris?

5. August 12, Chris left the bus to forage for berries. What did the note he left on the door say?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What indicates to Krakauer that there was a very close relationship between Carine and Chris?

3. What is so unusual about Chris's never seeing another human being while he was camped at the bus?

4. What items did Billie and Walt McCandless leave behind in the bus?

5. Who was Sam McCandless, and why was he the one to notify Chris's parents?

6. Carine knew that Chris was leaving but she didn't know where he was going. Why?

7. What discovery did Chris make the summer after his freshman year in college that drove a deeper wedge between him and his father?

8. Describe why the McCandlesses could not take the exact trek to the bus that Chris had taken.

9. What do Carine and her parents regret after the fact of Chris's death?

10. What was Chris's problem with his parents monetary success?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Interview someone who has had an unusual travel adventure and write their story. It can be any kind of travel adventure and not just a solo trip living off the land. Ask questions about the people they met and the descriptions of the places they visited.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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