Into Thin Air 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. Who is the one person Krakauer is not able to interview for the article he wrote for the magazine?

2. Who is thought to be dead at this point of the story, although it is revealed later to not be the case?

3. Which team climber falls to the ground when he reaches the summit?

4. Who nearly collapses at the top of the Hillary Step when climbing on Mount Everest?

5. Who is NOT one of the climbers that decides to turn back when they realize they will reach the summit later than they should?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Krakauer and other climbers from Hall's group when they fly back to Katmandu?

2. What does Gau do in violation of his promise?

3. What does Hutchison tell Krakauer which surprises him?

4. Why does Mike Groom give Krakauer his tank of oxygen?

5. What risks go up as the oxygen in Krakauer's tank begins to decrease?

6. What does Krakauer notice about the air in Seattle?

7. What does Groom say about the tanks of oxygen at the South Summit, even though Harris was mistaken about this fact?

8. What does Krakauer observe about Beidleman?

9. Why does Pittman fall to the ground as they are approaching the summit?

10. What do the Japanese climbers do when they find the bodies of the Indian climbers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of competition among the teams seems to also affect the outcome of the climb to the summit. Some feel it's a race rather than an achievement for themselves.

Part 1: What teams seem to be in competition during this story?

Part 2: Does the idea of competition seem to help the hikers or hurt them? Why? In what ways?

Part 3: How might competition have been avoided among the teams? Could it have been avoided? Why or why not?

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

There are a number of possible heroes in this story as the events unfold. Some people go above and beyond their duties and responsibilities to help others, while others simply fend for themselves.

Part 1: What is the definition of a hero?

Part 2: Who might be considered heroes in this story? Why?

Part 3: Which characters seem to have been unwilling to help others? Perhaps even selfish? Why do they seem this way?

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