Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Everest—South—North—Solo
1. As the book opens, what reason did Mallory give when asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest a second time?
2. As the book opens, Messner reflects on his first ascent of Everest. What did the mountain mean to Messner?
3. Describe what the oxygen apparatus of the 1920's looked like.
4. In 1922 and 1924, the British set up their base camp in the shelter of a moraine under the end of the Rongbuk Glacier. Why was this spot considered ideal?
5. What did the British...
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