Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest Test | Final 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 attended the meal with Beck and other climbers on the summit of Mount Elbrus?

2. What did Beck learn on Longs Peak?

3. What is one thing Beck liked about Peach?

4. What did Peach feel about her nickname later in her marriage?

5. Who is Howard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss what Beck wrote about his parents in Chapter 11.

2. Why does Beck blame Peace for his unhappiness and what is her response?

3. What does Peach say about Beck's "obsessions"?

4. What did Meg ask of her father? How did she feel about him?

5. What did Dan relate about his and his father's coping methods for their negative emotions?

6. What sort of student was Beck at Northwestern?

7. What did Kit relate about the Weathers' family life?

8. How did Beck and Peach end up back in Dallas?

9. Who served as a surrogate father to Peach, and what was Beck's relationship with the man?

10. What did Beck relate about his time when his father was stationed in Saudi Arabia in 1958?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book Beck writes repeatedly about depression. He is an over achiever who seems to have been driven by a need to overcome his chronic depression.

1. Do you think Beck's drive to constantly be doing something helped his depression? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Compare the effects of using alcohol or drugs to self-medicate depression with having to constantly be doing some activity to self-medicate. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Considering the number of years that Beck drove himself to overcome his depression, and the fact that he is an obviously intelligent person, why do you think it took him so long to figure out what he was doing was not the answer?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The topic of marriage is woven throughout Left for Dead. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the attitudes toward marriage that Beck Weathers has as opposed to his wife's attitudes.

2. How much do you think Beck's depression influences his views of marriage? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the book.

3. Compare/contrast the normal American view of marriage with Beck's. How are their views similar? Different? Which views are more like your own?

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