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Colin Fletcher
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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. When did Fletcher's dream become a reality?
(a) Mid-April.
(b) Never.
(c) Early December.
(d) Late February.

2. How long did Dr. Harvey Butchart study the Grand Canyon?
(a) 17 years.
(b) He never studied it.
(c) 25 years.
(d) 5 years.

3. What does Fletcher say was a sacrilege when it interrupted the silence of the Grand Canyon?
(a) The bray of a donkey.
(b) The screech of an owl.
(c) The honk of a horn.
(d) The squawk of a blue jay.

4. Who says, "I do not think I ever really considered that things might go seriously wrong"?
(a) William Wallace Bass.
(b) Colin Fletcher.
(c) John Wesley Powell.
(d) Lorenzo Sinyala.

5. What does the book say geologists believe formed the Grand Canyon?
(a) A large sea that evaporated after a 200 year drought.
(b) The Colorado River.
(c) An earthquake.
(d) A volcanic eruption.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Fletcher say the big moment happened when he knew he would take the journey through the Grand Canyon?

2. Who does Fletcher credit with making the first trip through the Grand Canyon?

3. What river still runs at the bottom of the Grand Canyon?

4. What is the current age estimate of the second layer of the Grand Canyon?

5. About what did Fletcher begin to worry in "Chapter 3, Interlude?"

Short Essay Questions

1. As Fletcher began to research the Grand Canyon in preparation for his journey, what were some of the barriers and challenges Fletcher realized he would need to consider?

2. Describe the appearance of the Canyon as Fletcher describes it in "Chapter 2, The Dream."

3. Several incidents surrounded the time Fletcher spent with David Powell in "Chapter 9, Man" Describe one of these incidents.

4. What was the difference between how Fletcher viewed the area around Phantom Ranch and how those visiting more recently from the outside world viewed it in "Chapter 8, Life?"

5. In "Chapter 5, Transition," why did Fletcher decide to proceed to Bass Camp along the terrace rather than forging a trail down Fossil Canyon to the Colorado River?

6. Describe the meeting between Fletcher and Jim Bailey (the pilot who air-dropped Fletcher's supplies) at the end of "Chapter 5, Transition." Include why Fletcher doubted he would see Bailey at this point in his trip and how he described Bailey when he first saw him.

7. What realization did Fletcher come to and write about in his journal as he noticed all the signs of man beside Nankoweap Creek in "Chapter 10, Exit?"

8. What type of conference did Fletcher attend a few weeks after the end of his journey through the Grand Canyon, and what did he learn there?

9. Whom did Fletcher plan to meet in "the museum" in "Chapter 9, Man," and what connection did this person have to the history of the Canyon?

10. Near the end of "Chapter 9, Man," what physical challenge did Fletcher have to conquer to reach his last air-drop and his route out of the Canyon?

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