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 is the current age estimate of the sixth layer of the Grand Canyon?

2. Why did Fletcher rule out following a route along the Colorado River?

3. Why does Fletcher say it might have been good that he didn't start his journey right after he decided to take it?

4. What are hanging terraces?

5. According to the Fletcher, how did the changes in the earth that formed the Grand Canyon happen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What doubts, if any, did Fletcher have about the trek through the Canyon after he decided he wanted to do it?

2. What types of information can be obtained from the graph on the first page of "Part 3, The Journey?"

3. 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?

4. What were some changes Fletcher noticed soon after he left the platform over Hualpai Canyon?

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

6. How does Fletcher say the new perspective and understanding he gained on his journey changed him in society?

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

9. What was one part of his surroundings that Fletcher describes as he is in the cave and how does he describe it?

10. What does Fletcher say is the bottom line reason for the proposed projects in the Epilogue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a footnote, Fletcher briefly describes his life as a compulsive walker and gives a few details about another long journey he took in the past. In your own words, describe the lifestyle of a compulsive walker and give reasons why this lifestyle helped Fletcher have a successful journey through the Grand Canyon.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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