The White Spider: The Story of the North Face of the Eiger Test | Final 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. Was the filmed climb of Lothar Brandler, Jörg Lehne, and Sigfried Löw up the North Face successful?

2. Where did Guido Tonella interview Corti?

3. What new technology did climbers on the ground think might be used to attempt to rescue Longhi?

4. To what does Harrer attribute the fact that Longhi was unable to climb up the rope after he fell?

5. When did Helmut Salger and Horst Wels climb the North Face?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the weather like during Erich Vanis, Hans Ratay, and Karl Lugmayer's first night on the mountain in 1952?

2. How were Albert Rabada and Ernesto Navarra's bodies recovered?

3. What made the Difficult Crack and the Hinterstoisser Traverse easier to climb for Mayr than for early climbers?

4. Why does Harrer include a route guide at the end of the book?

5. What is Harrer's opinion about Corti's story that the two other climbers went on to send back help, leaving Corti behind after he was injured?

6. What is Harrer's attitude toward Italians?

7. What is the controversy about the photograph of the German climbers on the mountain?

8. Describe the attempt to climb the North Face by Brian Nally and Barry Brewster in 1962.

9. When did Mayr's climb seem to slow?

10. Why does Harrer call the climb by Radovan KuchaÅ™ and Zdeno Zibrin cautious?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Extreme mountain climbing pushes the limits of human ability. Discuss this aspect of climbing in Harrer's book.

1) What drives human being to push the limits of human ability, according to Harrer? Is this a worthwhile pursuit?

2) How do the limits of human accomplishment change over time? Does climbing the North Face become less of an accomplishment in any way over time?

3) What does it mean to say that a task is impossible? How does the impossible become achievable?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss nationalism, rivalry, and prejudice in Harrer's book.

1) What is Harrer's viewpoint on international cooperation and on different nationalities in the book?

2) What role do national rivalries play in the race to climb the North Face and in the following attempts?

3) What is Harrer's opinion about Italian climbers, and how does it inform his presentation of Corti's ill-fated climb? Can Harrer's presentation be relied on? What other biases does he seem to hold?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the accomplishment of firsts in Harrer's book.

1) What firsts does Harrer seem to feel are most important? Does Harrer's position as one of the first party to climb the North Face change his view on firsts?

2) Why does Harrer's final chapter focus on firsts? How does he view the prospective first direct route up the North Face differently from earlier firsts?

3) Are "first" accomplishments admirable? Why are they notable?

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