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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. What aspect of climbing does Harrer want to focus on in his book?
(a) The nature conserevation side of climbing.
(b) The heroic side of climbing.
(c) The technical side of climbing.
(d) The human side of climbing.

2. What year did Harrer escape from the prison camp?
(a) 1941.
(b) 1942.
(c) 1943.
(d) 1944.

3. Where did Heckmair and Vörg stay while waiting to start their climb?
(a) In a tent secluded from the others to remain unnoticed.
(b) In a camp in the railroad passage.
(c) At a hotel.
(d) In a tent at the bottom of the North Face.

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) They became ill and gave up the attempt.
(d) The weather remained bad, and they gave up waiting.

5. What did Toni Kurz's party say to Allmen when he called to them?
(a) That they would be down soon.
(b) That they were going to separate.
(c) That they needed help.
(d) That they were going to attempt to climb up again.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Maix say the truth about the North Face of the Eiger will provide?

2. What country was Harrer imprisoned in during World War II?

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

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

5. In the story the author tells at the beginning of the book, how does the climber criticize Harrer's idea to write about the Eiger?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Buhl, Jöchler, the Maags, and the French traveled up the Spider, in what arrangement did they bivouac?

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

3. What research did Harrer do for his book?

4. How did Fritz Kasparek and Harrer meet?

5. What did the climbers do on their last night on the mountain before reaching the summit?

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

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

8. When Allmen checked on the mountaineers he knew were climbing toward him, what did he find?

9. What are the hazards on the North Face when the ice is melted?

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

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