The Man Who Walked Through Time Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Colin Fletcher
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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. What does Fletcher say he knew as soon as he saw the Grand Canyon?

2. What did geologists say disrupted the Colorado River's flow and lead to the formation of the Grand Canyon?

3. Who says, "I do not think I ever really considered that things might go seriously wrong"?

4. How long after he saw the Grand Canyon for the first time did Fletcher begin his trip?

5. What material makes up the seventh layer of the Grand Canyon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Fletcher say was part of the problem with trying to convince engineers that the projects were a bad idea?

2. At the beginning of "Chapter 5, Transition," Fletcher details how the airdrop has affected him. Describe this realization.

3. Describe the reasons behind Fletcher's decision to make his trip in mid-April.

4. What did William Wallace Bass establish in the Grand Canyon, and how did it come about?

5. Shortly after beginning his journey, Fletcher found himself standing still on a rock platform over Hualpai Canyon. What did he notice while standing there?

6. In "Chapter 2, The Dream," where did Fletcher decide to plant two caches of food supplies and why?

7. Describe one "compulsive walking" trip Fletcher mentions in a footnote of "Chapter 2, Dreams."

8. Tell about one thing Fletcher says in "Chapter 10, Exit," that did not turn out as he thought it would.

9. What were some adjustments Fletcher realized he must make during the beginning of his journey?

10. Describe Fletcher's reaction upon reaching the Esplanade at the beginning of "Chapter 4, Challenge."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Epilogue, Fletcher quotes Joseph Wood Krutch as saying, "When a man despoils a work of art we call him a vandal, when he despoils a work of nature we call him a developer." Discuss what this comment means and why it gives the reader insight into Fletcher's viewpoint on nature versus urban development.

Essay Topic 2

Although Fletcher is in great physical shape and has lived a solitary simple lifestyle before, he has an adjustment period upon entering the Canyon. Describe the process Fletcher goes through to change himself physically and mentally to adapt to the journey during the first week.

Essay Topic 3

Compare different aspects of Fletcher's personality. Include specific details from the book.

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