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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 fourth layer of the Grand Canyon?
2. What were some of the necessary items Fletcher took with him on his journey?
3. What event sparked a desire for Fletcher to study the Grand Canyon and make a journey through it alone?
4. What urge came to Fletcher's mind as he witnessed the different sights at the Rim?
5. What is the current age estimate of the eighth layer of the Grand Canyon.
Short Essay Questions
1. At the end of the Epilogue are two updates. One is about information from the original Epilogue. Summarize the information in this update.
2. 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?
3. At the beginning of "Chapter 5, Transition," Fletcher details how the airdrop has affected him. Describe this realization.
4. 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.
5. Where did Fletcher decide to spend the last two weeks of his trip. What did he call the place, and what did he plan to learn there?
6. What were some changes Fletcher noticed soon after he left the platform over Hualpai Canyon?
7. In "Chapter 10, Exit," what were three of the things, serious or not, Fletcher says he had gained from his journey?
8. Explain what Fletcher states as the explanation for the formation of the Grand Canyon.
9. What town did Fletcher say he wanted to drive through on his way home from his journey through the Grand Canyon and why?
10. In "Chapter 2, The Dream," where did Fletcher decide to plant two caches of food supplies and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Chapter 4, Fletcher details many mishaps, which he calls "stupidities." Discuss three of these giving details about the events, how Fletcher dealt with them, and the outcomes. Describe what Fletcher's reaction to these events says about his character.
Essay Topic 2
Give five examples of imagery Fletcher uses in the book. Include details and reasons why imagery is such an important component of 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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