Into Thin Air 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. Who was Hall's first partner when he began his climbing operation?

2. Hall says it's actually easy to get up the mountain, "The trick is get down _________."

3. Who led an effort to clean up Base Camp when it was dirty in the 70's and 80's?

4. Who meets Krakauer at the airport when he lands in India for his climbing journey?

5. What quality is Krakauer impressed with as the answer to #110 comes down the mountain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has Goran Kropp been doing on Mount Everest?

2. What does Krakauer notice in the snow as they are climbing up to Camp Two?

3. Why do the climbers have to return to Camp Two as they are making their way up to Camp Three?

4. Why does Fischer have to descend to help one of his clients, instead of one of the guides?

5. Describe the Icefall.

6. How experienced are the climbers in Hall's group?

7. Why are the climbers eager to leave Lobuje?

8. After whom was Mount Everest named after?

9. Why does Doug Hansen stay behind while the rest of the climbers head up to Camp Three?

10. Describe the character of Mike Groom.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationships between characters is something intriguing to the reader. At times, there is an open sense of competition, for others, there is a sense of camaraderie.

Part 1: What are some examples of positive relationships between hikers on the mountain?

Part 2: What are some examples of potentially negative relationships between hikers on the mountain?

Part 3: How might this difficult challenge of hiking to the summit affect those hikers on the mountain? What does such an impossible task do to those around the hikers? To their families?

Essay Topic 2

Krakauer offered to write an article about the commercialization of Mount Everest and how it's affecting the beauty of the area as well as its power.

Part 1: What are some examples of the way Mount Everest has been commercialized in this story?

Part 2: How might this commercialization affect the respect Mount Everest should have from those who climb it?

Part 3: Is there any way to stop the commercialization of this area? Isn't this book furthering its commercialization? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

When Hall says, "The trick is to get down alive," it seems to be foreshadowing for the rest of the tale. This knowledge that getting down is the hard part is something all of the hikers could have benefited from.

Part 1: In what ways is getting down the mountain harder than getting up the mountain?

Part 2: What are some of the ways Hall and the other teams attempted to make the climb down easier on the hikers?

Part 3: What other ways might the hikers have better approached the trek back down the mountain? Are there any ways you can think of that might have made this journey smoother?

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