The Crystal Horizon Everest-the First Solo Ascent Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. How many days did Messner believe he needed in order to reach the summit from the advanced base camp?

2. As Messner passed 8000 meters, how many paces was he taking between rest breaks?

3. How did Messner feel when he and Nena were in the ruins of the Rongbuk monastery in the Tibet chapter?

4. As Messner and Nena gathered provisions in Peking in the Tibet chapter, they had an interpreter with them. What was the interpreter's name?

5. When Messner and Nena left Lhasa in the Tibet chapter, where did they travel to?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Messner in the Chomolungma chapter, why did nomads love their homelands more than stationary citizens do?

2. When climbing in the Chomolungma chapter, what function did the rest pause serve for Messner?

3. As Nena and Messner camped for the night at the Rongbuk river just at the edge of a village while waiting for the water to go down enough to safely cross the river in the Rongbuk chapter, what did Nena write that her big mistake of the night was?

4. As Messner climbed to the summit of Everest in the Chomolungma chapter, what were his only two aids?

5. Why were women included on the 1975 Chinese expedition team?

6. While trapped in the crevasse in the Chomolungma chapter, what promise did Messner make?

7. According to the North Col chapter, what was Messner's strongest experience when climbing?

8. What was the reaction of the world when the Chinese government announced that a Chinese expedition had successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1960?

9. Why were Nena and Messner surprised when they reached their small intermediate camp in the Chomolungma chapter?

10. As Messner's team traveled back to the base camp in the Rongbuk chapter, what did he notice as he looked at the mountains that made Messner hopeful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Messner believed that true mountaineering meant playing "fair" and not using technological aids.

a. Explain Messner's reasoning behind why using technological aids was akin to cheating.

b. Identify the technological aids Messner did and did not use during his solo ascent of Mount Everest.

c. Did Messner's use of two technological aids make his ascent to the summit of Mount Everest any less impressive?

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes in this book involved conquering fear.

a. Identify three individuals that had to overcome their fears.

b. What were each of these individuals afraid of, and was there any true basis for their fears?

c. What was the outcome for these individuals? Were they successful in overcoming their fears?

Essay Topic 3

There is no doubt that Messner had been greatly affected by the disappearance of George Mallory years earlier as Mallory attempted to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Discuss how Mallory's disappearance affected not only Messner's worldview but also his decisions as he attempted his solo climb of Everest. How did Mallory affect Messner's mental state, his ability to persevere, and his ability to climb?

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