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. Who is Madan?

2. Where was Beck taken?

3. From whose point of view is part of Chapter 9?

4. What surprised Peach while Beck was in base camp before he even started the climb?

5. How did Beck get to Lukla once he was in Nepal?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Beck end up making it back to Camp IV?

2. How did Beck overcome the boredom at base camp?

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

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

5. What does Beck learn about his rescue as he reaches Kathmandu?

6. What does the rest of Chapter 7 describe after Beck arrives at Camp II?

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

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

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

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

Peach began to notice some differences in Beck's mental attitude. He was reaching out to her and seemed to care about all the pain he caused others.

1. What do you think are the steps to forgiveness? What type of thinking and processing do you think Peach has to go through in order to forgive Beck? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Beck would have changed if he had not gone through the pain and suffering he did? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. How do you think Beck reaching out to Peach and caring more about others might help his chronic battle with depression? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Though Use examples from the book to support your answer. is a non-fiction memoir, it has some of the characteristics of a bildungsroman. Discuss the following:

1. Define bildungsroman, or "coming of age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Beck as he changes from a rather selfish man to a more self aware man. What are the significant events that change Beck?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Beck's growth, do you think Use examples from the book to support your answer. could be considered Beck's coming of age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other persons in Left for Dead who go through a coming of age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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