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. When Krakauer reached an impassable place on the mountain, what did he do?

2. What two requests did Stuckey make of Alex as they parted company?

3. Why did Chris write in his journal that he had found the Magic Bus?

4. What was the skeleton in Walt's closet that stressed the whole family, Chris in particular?

5. What trait did sports reveal in Chris?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of work made Walt McCandless such a success?

3. Explain Jim Gillien's difficulty in contacting the Alaska police.

4. What defense does Krakauer make of Chris's ability to survive in the wild?

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

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

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

8. In Chris's journal, what did he think was happening to him?

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

10. What was the irony Krakauer thought about as he kept attempting to climb Devil's Thumb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write about hitchhiking. What are the dangers? Why do people not pick up hitchhikers very much? Include Gaylord Stuckey, who seldom picked up hitchhikers, and Jim Gallien who picked Chris up even though he was carrying a rifle.

Essay Topic 2

Write about other people's opinions of a person. Use the examples of what Westerberg, Jan, and Franz had to say about Chris when Krakauer interviewed them. Did they express opinions that they never expressed to Chris himself? Include the confusion of Walt McCandless as he talked to Krakauer seven weeks after Chris died.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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