The Last American Man Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book 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. Gilbert compares Conway as being as savvy as anyone on/in ____________.

2. Which is not among the items Conway gifted to Valarie?

3. Which is not one of the animals acquired on the cross country trip?

4. Gilbert recounts one of Conway's lectures given to a room full of people that looked and acted like _______________.

5. Conway attempted to prove to the man that he was some type of ________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Conway become disenchanted with his work at Turtle Island?

2. Discuss the pros and cons of Conway's blossoming celebrity.

3. Explain the conversation regarding the building of a snowman.

4. Discuss the family life of the Chief.

5. What caused the relationship between Little Eustace and Big Eustace to be healed, even if only marginally?

6. How old was Conway when he set out on his own for the first time?

7. Discuss the juxtaposition of Conway's appearance and lifestyle.

8. What is Gilbert's observation about Conway's life at Turtle Island and the message he often fails to deliver?

9. Eustace Conway has become famous for what activities?

10. What are Conway's memories of his first trips into the woods as a child? What did Conway's parents teach him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

It is clear that Conway has a deep love of nature and its preservation. There is a sense of wildness in nature that eludes some civilized aspect of man. Write a 1000 word essay on the lack of "civilized" behavior in the wilderness and how one may adapt. Discuss how the lack of human contact has affected Conway. Why do you think Conway prefers nature to city life? What were the first signs of Conway's preferences? How did Conway's parents react to their son's needs and ambitions? Also examine how you would react if you lived for a week or a month in Conway's shoes.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think Conway have such a difficult time keeping staff at Turtle Island preserve? Do you agree that the staff issue would have been much better if the workers were less focused on their own feelings and needs? How did Conway react when he discovered that the staff had let Turtle Preserve become shabby and uncared for while he was away? How did he deal with the staff? What could be done? What did Conway do? What would you do under the same circumstances? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain in detail what you think may have happened to Conway after "The Last American Man" was published. Check your thoughts against the actual details of Conway's exploits and where he stands today, both personally and professionally. Were your predictions close to the truth? Explain.

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