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

Heinrich Harrer
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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. Where did Rebitch and Vörg end the fourth day of their climb?

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

3. Which two members of the party injured their hands on the ascent?

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

5. How did newspapers react to plans to climb the North Face in 1937?

Short Essay Questions

1. How were photos taken of the climbers traversing toward the Spider?

2. What did Kurz have to do to try to reach the rescuers?

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

4. What research did Harrer do for his book?

5. Describe the first climb up the Eiger.

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

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

8. Describe Maix and Harrer's collaboration.

9. Describe the reaction to Harrer telling a doctor in Lhasa that he was among the first party to climb the North Face.

10. What were Otto and Sepp Maag doing when they first encountered Buhl and Jöchler in July 1952?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss teamwork and friendship in Harrer's book.

1) How is teamwork important to climbers? How do climbers help each other?

2) How is a solo climb different from a climb by a team or group up the North Face?

3) What is the role of friendship or camaraderie between climbers? How is Harrer's relationship with Fritz an important part of his portrayal of his own climb up the North Face? What other friendships are important in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the idea of rescue in Harrer's book.

1) Why are rescue attempts not guaranteed for climbers? How does climbing affect the local guides and governments who participate in rescue attempts?

2) How does Harrer view rescuers and rescue attempts? Are his portrayals of rescuers romanticized?

3) Should climbers expect rescue? What aspects of human nature make rescue attempts inevitable? What happens when rescue attempts are impossible? Discuss specific rescue attempts in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of the mountain in the book.

1) How does the nature of the mountain change over the course of time in the book? In what ways is this change natural, and in what ways is mankind responsible for change in the mountain?

2) How does the mountain function as a character in the book? Is it ever personified? How so? What qualities does the mountain have?

3) How does the mountain affect the climbers, guides, and locals in the book?

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