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Heinrich Harrer
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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. Where did Harrer and Kasparek have breakfast, at the beginning of their ascent up the North Face?
(a) The Swallow's Nest.
(b) The Gallery Window.
(c) The Mittellegi Hut.
(d) The Flatiron.

2. Why did Fraissl and Brankowski turn back?
(a) Both were becoming ill.
(b) Brankowski injured himself in a fall.
(c) The weather was turning bad.
(d) Fraissl was injured by rocks.

3. What does Maix say the truth about the North Face of the Eiger will provide?
(a) A nostalgic journey for those who have climbed.
(b) A warning to climbers.
(c) A chronicle for history.
(d) An excuse for over-legislation.

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

5. Who was the first mountaineer to climb the Eiger?
(a) Charles Barrington.
(b) Brendon Messering.
(c) John Shaeffer.
(d) Andres Monteau.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. On Buhl's 1952 climb, what blocked his progress at the Ramp?

3. What disadvantage did the Maags have during their climb?

4. On Rebitsch and Vörg's return to the base of the North Face later in the month, what do they decide to do?

5. In the third successful climb up the North Face, what nationality were Jermann's guides?

Short Essay Questions

1. What research did Harrer do for his book?

2. What metaphor did the author use to describe the societal function of mountain climbing?

3. How does Harrer portray the climbers' relations with the newspapermen?

4. Describe the end of Sedlmayer and Mehringer's attempt to climb the North Face.

5. What blocked the descent from Buhl and Jöchler's bivouac spot below the Rote Fluh?

6. On his ascent up the North Face, what did Harrer remember seeing while he was climbing a peak as a child?

7. What unusual attempt to climb the North Face did Fuchs and Monney consider but then reject?

8. Why did Heckmair and Vörg turn back from their climb on July 21?

9. Was there rivalry between the parties attempting to climb the North Face in 1937?

10. What knowledge did Sedlmayer and Mehringer have and lack when they attempted to climb the North Face?

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