The White Spider: The Story of the North Face of the Eiger Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Heinrich Harrer
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of weather hit when Terray and Lachenal reached the Spider, during their climb in 1946?
(a) A thunderstorm.
(b) Fog.
(c) A snowstorm.
(d) A windstorm.

2. Why did Giuseppe Piravano and Bruno Detassis climb partially up the northeast face?
(a) To practice new climbing techniques.
(b) To get a better look at the North Face.
(c) To take phorographs for a travel magazine.
(d) To keep in shape while waiting for better weather.

3. Where did Harrer escape to?
(a) Burma.
(b) Bangladesh.
(c) Tibet.
(d) Syria.

4. What happened to the two climbers who arrived at the North Face early in the summer of 1936?
(a) One of them died on a climb on another mountain.
(b) They climbed as far as the Second Ice Field and back down.
(c) The weather remained bad, and they gave up waiting.
(d) They became ill and gave up the attempt.

5. In the third successful climb up the North Face, what nationality were Jermann's guides?
(a) Italian.
(b) British.
(c) Swiss.
(d) German.

6. Where was Harrer attending school, in 1938?
(a) University of Cambridge.
(b) University of Wien.
(c) University of Zurich.
(d) University of Graz.

7. What nationality was the second team to successfully climb the North Face?
(a) Italian.
(b) German.
(c) French.
(d) Swiss.

8. Why does Harrer write about the North Face of the Eiger?
(a) It is the side that he chose to climb.
(b) It is the only climbable face.
(c) It is the hardest to climb.
(d) It was the first side climbed.

9. What trapped Primas and Gollackner on the mountain?
(a) A large boulder.
(b) Bad weather.
(c) A broken rope.
(d) A spring bursting from the mountain.

10. On what day of the climb did Toni Kurz and his party turn back?
(a) The second day.
(b) The third day.
(c) The fourth day.
(d) The fifth day.

11. What qualities does Harrer say are necessary to climb the White Spider?
(a) Patience, calm, sense, and courage.
(b) Courage, playfulness, self-confidence, and pride.
(c) Enthusiasm, courage, daring, and focus.
(d) Honesty, openness, courage, and honor.

12. What did Rebisch and Vörg do to make a place to spend the night on the mountain?
(a) They made a makeshift hut.
(b) They made a shelter of rocks.
(c) They made camp with their tents.
(d) They cut seats in the ice.

13. How did newspapers react to plans to climb the North Face in 1937?
(a) With enthusiastic sensationalism of the heroism of the climbers.
(b) With indifference and certainty that attempts would fail.
(c) With condemnation against the suicidal dangers.
(d) With both outcry against the danger and sensationalism.

14. When Franz Primas and Bertl Gollackner climbed the Lauper Route, what did Gollackner accidentally leave behind?
(a) His water.
(b) His food.
(c) His pitons.
(d) His tent.

15. Where did Harrer and Kasparek camp after their first day climbing the North Face?
(a) At the Death Bivouac.
(b) Below the Second Ice Field.
(c) Below the Third Ice Field.
(d) At the Flatiron.

Short Answer Questions

1. How far did the first party to attempt to climb the North Face go on their first day?

2. How far did Schlunegger and Krähenbühl climb in 1946 before having to climb back down?

3. Which of the following pairs climbed the North Face in one day in July 1952, the seventh ascent?

4. In 1950, where did North Face climbers Hamel and Seiler escape to after a blizzard?

5. What did Fritz crave and lack, after climbing the Spider?

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