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. With whom did Beck feel competitive when he started dating Peach?

2. What did Beck say he enjoyed about climbing?

3. What did Meg ask her father never to do?

4. Where did Beck's father get transferred to in 1958?

5. Who attended the meal with Beck and other climbers on the summit of Mount Elbrus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Beck see as his contribution to the household, and what does he neglect?

3. What sort of student was Beck at Northwestern?

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

5. What does Beck write about his experience climbing Mount McKinley?

6. What does Peach write about the women in her family?

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

8. What is the "black dog," and how did it affect Beck?

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

10. What made Beck decide to climb Everest? How does he start getting ready for the climb?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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