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

2. What was the approximate depth of the Grand Canyon at the time the book was written?

3. Part 1 is called "The Place." What is the place?

4. Whom does Fletcher credit with giving him the most knowledge of the Grand Canyon?

5. What were some of the plans for his trip that Fletcher details in "Part 2, The Dream?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Chapter 4, Challenge," Fletcher details several "stupidities" that caused delays in his trip toward Sinyala Canyon. Describe one of these "stupidities."

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

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

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

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

7. What town did Fletcher say he wanted to drive through on his way home from his journey through the Grand Canyon and why?

8. What were some of the "signs of man" Fletcher noticed as he approaches Phantom Ranch?

9. What are some ways Fletcher describes the Havasupai Indians in "Interlude?"

10. What president does Fletcher quote at the end of book, and what did the president say about the Canyon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Fletcher's re-entrance into civilization. What steps did he take to make sure he didn't go about it too quickly, and how did he react to society?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe Fletcher's experience when he spends four days gathering information with Doug Powell near the end of his journey. Include positive and negative elements. Include information about who Powell is and explain whether or not this experience would have been the same if they had the same meeting under different circumstances.

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