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 radios in that he is very tired when he is at the summit, then complains about how he doesn't feel well?

2. Which climbers were found ill, but alive, although no one stopped to help them?

3. Who assembles Fischer's team in order to continue their descent?

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

5. Who insists the team should not leave the camp while Hall is still up on the mountain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Krakauer tell Hutchison to do?

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

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

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

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

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

During this particular time period, there are a number of teams up on Mount Everest, all trying to reach the summit on the same date or similar dates.

Part 1: Name three of the teams that are on the mountain at the time of this story.

Part 2: How does the number of teams affect the hiking schedule and the ascents to the summit?

Part 3: If there were fewer groups up on the mountain, would this have made a difference in terms of the eventual events of the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

With the teams, there seems to be trouble brewing between some of the guides and the leaders. This is thought to be another contributing factor to the tragic events.

Part 1: How did Anatoli's absence affect Fischer's team?

Part 2: In what ways did other guides affect their teams? For example, what might Beidleman have done better to help his team?

Part 3: What is crucial in the formation of a team like this? What would have been the ideal situations for the leaders and the guides?

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