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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. What does Matthiessen's group suffer from as they travel through the canyon?
(a) Snow blindness.
(b) Hunger.
(c) Fear.
(d) Thirst.

2. Despite the grueling four-hour journey, what makes Schaller happy?
(a) Seeing butterflies.
(b) Getting closer to the snow leopard.
(c) Finding shelter.
(d) Seeing bharal.

3. Who has demeaned himself by accepting the opportunity of traveling in the Himalayas with Matthiessen and Schaller?
(a) Jaljala.
(b) Jang.
(c) Dawa.
(d) Tukten.

4. With whom did Matthiessen have a relationship that was falling apart five months prior to death?
(a) Jeanne.
(b) Deborah.
(c) Susan.
(d) Michelle.

5. How many people have laid eyes on the snow leopard in the last twenty-five years according to Schaller?
(a) 2.
(b) 10.
(c) 4.
(d) 1.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Bardo?

2. Who was the woman that became Matthiessen's wife?

3. When does the story of "The Snow Leopard" begin?

4. What area is 11,200 feet above sea level?

5. Who/what is Matthiessen's group afraid of meeting when they take a new path to the north up the Kali Gandaki?

Short Essay Questions

1. What change of plans makes Matthiessen and Schaller feel liberated but also makes the trek more difficult after the sherpas leave?

2. What does Matthiessen learn is one of the biggest problems in Nepal and how is it caused?

3. What do Matthiessen and Schaller pass as they trudge up along the footpath in the mountains at the beginning of their journey?

4. What happens to Matthiessen after he walks for 10 hours on the first day of their trek?

5. What do the sherpas do that reminds Matthiessen of being in New York with Deborah?

6. Why is Matthiessen so affected by the rain and bad weather after they pass through the canyon?

7. What is one of the rarest of cats, where does it live, and why is it considered rare?

8. What is a Vedic belief that Matthiessen has great respect for and shares on his initial ascent up the mountain in Part 1?

9. What does Matthiessen notice in the Jaljala Ridge?

10. What makes the journey through Kali Gandaki especially difficult?

(see the answer keys)

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