Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Beck Weathers
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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. In what condition was Beck?

2. With what does Beck compare facing death?

3. Who came by and offered Beck assistance?

4. Who is with Beck Weathers?

5. What side of Everest was Beck's group planning to climb?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Peach told about Beck in a phone call, and what happened just as she was relaying the news to the children?

2. What did Beck say about a climber's drive?

3. What route did Beck's group take, and what was the first tragedy on the climb?

4. What does Peach say about Beck's and her relationship in Chapter 8?

5. What happened when the camp radioed down the mountain about Beck's arrival?

6. Why did the search party leave Beck and Yasuko where they found them?

7. What is the purpose of the climbers' stay at Base Camp?

8. What did Beck say was the reason he climbed, and what was the impact of his climbing on his family?

9. What did Beck do while waiting to travel to base camp on Everest?

10. What does Beck say about hiking the Khumbu trail on his way to base camp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mountain Climbing is one of the predominant themes of Left for Dead. Discuss the following:

1. Research the history of mountain climbing and write an informative essay about what you find. Relate the information to what you read in Left for Dead.

2. Explain whether you would or would not like to climb mountains and give your reasons for your choice.

3. Why do you think people try to climb Mount Everest knowing how many people have died trying to do it? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Left for Dead is a memoir by Beck Weathers. Discuss the following:

1. Define the word "genre" in the context of literary criticism.

2. Why do you think literature is categorized by genre?

3. Does it help to know how a book is categorized as to its genre before reading it? Explain.

4. Memoir used to be considered inferior to what are considered "the classics." Why do you think this is so? Do you believe a book such as Left for Dead is inferior to something such as A Tale of Two Cities? Explain.

5. What is your favorite genre and why?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of memoir place themselves in the position of the author, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Left for Dead help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Left for Dead? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Left for Dead to discuss and compare Beck's response to how you think you would respond.

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