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 did Peach not realize when someone called her and said Beck was alive?

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

3. What did Peach tell Beck when he talked to her?

4. Who are the Sherpas?

5. Whom did Peach contact that was able to help them?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Beck's longtime recovery proceed?

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

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

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

5. How did Beck communicate with his family during most climbs, and how did he do so on the Everest expedition?

6. Describe the storm that pummels Beck's tent as he lay helpless inside.

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

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

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

10. What is the date at the opening chapter and what is Beck doing?

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 the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character of Beck Weathers. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an opponent? Do you think he is loving? Compassionate? Accepting? Tolerant?

2. Thoroughly discuss the character of Peach. What are her strengths? Weaknesses? How does she evolve over the course of the story? Is she likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think she is loving? Compassionate? Accepting? Tolerant?

3. Thoroughly discuss two other persons of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be opponents to your way of life? Do you think each one is loving? Compassionate? Accepting? Tolerant?

Essay Topic 3

In the Epilogue, Beck summarized his experience. He covered the spiritual ramifications of his experience and recognized that every person has determination and strength within themselves, and that hardship bring the strength out.

1. What do you think are the spiritual ramifications of undergoing an experience like Beck's? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Define what you think are Beck's strengths before and after he went through his ordeal. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think hardship is essential in order for a person to find his or her own strengths? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

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