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 gives the injured person in #137 his spare canister of oxygen?

2. Who wakes Krakauer and tells him that Harris is not in his tent, shocking Krakauer?

3. Who tells one of Fischer's Sherpas to stay behind?

4. Whose advice does Krakauer seek out as he deals with the horrors of the aftermath of the tragedy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened to Weathers, according to Hutchison's discovery?

2. What are the physical effects of Weathers' miraculous rescue and recovery from Everest?

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

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

5. What does Krakauer realize about the hiker he thought to be Harris?

6. When Hall doesn't tell his group when they will be turning back when they reach the summit, what does Krakauer interpret this to mean?

7. What does Fischer do with his oxygen tank when he begins to make his descent from the summit?

8. What is the eventual fate of Anatoli Bourkeev?

9. What items was Krakauer going to take out of his pack when he got to the summit, although he decides not to once he is there?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Even with all of the possible ways that the trip up Mount Everest in the spring of 1996 could have been better, the events still seem to have been the most likely outcome.

Part 1: How could the hikers have better planned for weather conditions? Could they have done anything or was this truly out of their control?

Part 2: How might the health problems have been addressed better? Or were these events simply out of everyone's control as well?

Part 3: Does this trip seem 'cursed' from the start? Why or why not?

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