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. What is the setting at the opening of Chapter 2?

2. Whom did Rob get to talk with before he died?

3. What was the weather like eighteen hours earlier than when the book opens?

4. How long did Peach give Beck to demonstrate that he had changed?

5. In what condition is Yasuko?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Dan fly to be with Beck while Beck was in a hotel recovering?

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

3. How did Beck's longtime recovery proceed?

4. What astonishes the climbers at Camp IV as they prepared to descend to Camp II, and what did the climbers do?

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

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

7. Whom did Peach and her friends contact to get Beck off the mountain?

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

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

10. How does Beck contrast current weather conditions with the conditions when he started up the summit eighteen hours earlier?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful work of non-fiction/memoir?

2. Analyze and discuss Left for Dead based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Left for Dead is a successful work of non-fiction/memoir.

3. Is Left for Dead a book you would recommend to a friend? Why or why not? Explain.

4. Can a novel be successful and yet many readers not enjoy it? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Beck Weathers says that climbing Everest is not dangerous and yet he barely survived.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Left for Dead. Symbols are inherent in any work of literature, whether fiction or non-fiction, though in non-fiction, the use of symbols is not always intentional.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in non-fiction. What is the purpose of foreshadowing in non-fiction? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is indicates events to come in Left for Dead. Can you as the reader see ways that what Weathers writes about his early life foreshadows what will happen in his later life?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Left for Dead. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of depression. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? How do you think Beck could have handled his depression differently?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of forgiveness. Why do you think Peach was willing to forgive Beck even if she did not yet trust him? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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