The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anatoli Boukreev
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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. Boukreev's acclimation plan included how many ascents?

2. One guide suggested, "One cannot be certain how any climber will perform. Good climbers sometimes failed, while marginal climbers succeeded through ____."

3. What was Ngima Kale in charge of?

4. What was the name of Fischer's company?

5. What did Boukreev need to procure?

Short Essay Questions

1. Besides Mountain Madness, who else climbed Everest in the spring of 1996?

2. Describe Pete and Klev Schoening, two of the Mountain Madness clients.

3. With whom did Jon Krakauer originally sign on to climb, and why is this important?

4. Dale Kruse, a dentist from Colorado and an early financial supporter of Fischer's climbing business, was the eighth member of the group. Why was his inclusion controversial?

5. What was Boukreev's initial reaction to meeting his climbers?

6. Describe the setting of the fixed ropes, in Chapter 11, Towards the Push.

7. Describe the relationship between Fischer and Boukreev in the planning stages of the expedition?

8. What happened in Chapter 11, Towards the Push, to Dale Kruse?

9. What request from Fischer surprised Boukreev, in Chapter 3, "Doing the Deals?"

10. Describe the location of the Mountain Madness climbers on May 1.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the two philosophical approaches to mountain climbing. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? Which one would you subscribe to and why?

Essay Topic 2

Complete an analysis of Scott Fischer that addresses the following areas: physical description, climbing experience, Mountain Madness history, and motivation for climbing and guiding.

Essay Topic 3

What are the various high altitude ailments that climbers could suffer from? Who in the book suffers and from which ailments? What precautions can climbers take to avoid these serious illnesses?

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