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. What does the team Krakauer saw in his camera lens come back to Camp Four to report?

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

3. Which climber is found alive as well, although he is missing one of his gloves?

4. Who is severely injured in a bus accident while in his native country?

5. Who goes with the climbers mentioned in #170?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Which route did the Indian team take in order to reach the summit?

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

5. 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?

6. What does Brashears radio into camp as many of the climbers are at Camp Two?

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

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

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

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

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

The leaders of the teams, Scott Fischer and Rob Hall, were very experienced climbers on Mount Everest. At the same time, their eventual demise shows they were just as powerless over the mountain.

Part 1: Describe the character of Rob Hall. What was he like? What makes him a strong and a weak leader?

Part 2: Describe the character of Scott Fischer. What was he like? What makes him a strong and a weak leader?

Part 3: Compare and contrast these two figures. How are they alike and how are their different?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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