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. Where did Beck start school for the first grade?

2. What was Peace thinking about while Beck was out climbing?

3. Why did the second in command take over on the Aconcagua climb?

4. Of what did Beck become President in 1982?

5. What did Dan say about Beck as far as being competitive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How did Beck choose the mountains to climb?

8. What does Ken want Beck to decide while descending Mount McKinley? What is Beck's response?

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

10. Where did Beck attend medical school, and what specialty did he enjoy?

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

Beck was reliant on those closest to him, including Peach. He underwent physical and emotional pain as he dealt with people's reactions to his unsightly body and fought infections. He had eleven surgeries over the next year. The pain was excruciating.

1. Do you think the average person would resent his or her life becoming more difficult because of a spouse's poor choice? In other words, all of a sudden Peach is faced with having to do many tasks her husband cannot do for himself, as the the result of him being determined to climb a mountain she asked him not to climb. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Humans often have a tendency to think someone deserves pain or suffering if they are the cause of their suffering. Beck chose to climb, even when his daughter and wife asked him not to do it. Does Beck deserve his suffering? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Everyone has done something unwise and suffered the consequences of the behavior. Do you think the consequences of a bad choice is the best way for a person to grow? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

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