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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the narrator's party determine that they are lost in the beginning of Chapter XXXII?
(a) They keep switching to different roads and nothing looks familiar.
(b) They have been on the same road for too long.
(c) They cannot see the road.
(d) The roads start looking too familiar, leading them in a circle.

2. What is the Washoe Zephyr?
(a) A dense, dusty wind that blows for twelve hours straight.
(b) A dense, dusty wind that blows for fifteen hours straight.
(c) A transparent, dusty wind that blows for twelve hours straight.
(d) A transparent, dusty wind that blows for fifteen hours straight.

3. How do the other travelers react to Bemis' story about the buffalo that chased him?
(a) They believe some of it.
(b) They believe it.
(c) They believe most of it.
(d) They do not believe it.

4. What does Morgan claim during the court case?
(a) That Hyde is responsible for moving his house.
(b) That he should be compensated by the government for his dilemma.
(c) That Hyde should have known better than to build a ranch so close to his property.
(d) That he has a right to stay where his house is now located.

5. How much equipment is loaded into the wagon that the narrator and his friends take to the mountains for mining?
(a) Nineteen hundred pounds.
(b) Two thousand pounds.
(c) Twenty-two hundred pounds.
(d) Eighteen hundred pounds.

Short Answer Questions

1. What moves Morgan's house on top of Hyde's ranch?

2. What is the term Gentiles used to describe?

3. What is the tone of the book?

4. Where are the vigilantes from that hang Slade?

5. How much property does it reportedly take to accumulate a fortune in mining?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reality of the alkali desert as the narrator experiences it after leaving Salt Lake City?

2. What are Twain's views about the amount of information in the book, as he states in the Prefatory?

3. How does the narrator's party claim their mining areas along the mountains in Unionville, and what happens as they try to work in them?

4. How does the narrator discuss the Mormon religion?

5. What are the limitations of the stage coach that is going to Carson City, Nevada, and which items does the narrator take with him?

6. What role does the press play in the mining industry of Nevada and how does it affect the narrator?

7. What is the weather like in Unionville and what does the narrator find there?

8. What leads the narrator and his party to Esmeralda?

9. What are the details of the court case between Hyde and Morgan, and what is the outcome?

10. How does Slade die and what point does the narrator make about it?

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