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. What does Harrer recommend to climbers for protection from rocks?

2. What relative of Nothdurft arrived in Grindelwald to await the rescue efforts?

3. What did Hellepart give Corti when he first contacted him?

4. Why did Karl Blach take Huber's place?

5. What put the claims of two Swiss climbers who said they climbed the North Face in one day in doubt?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. At the end of the chapter "The International Rescue Team," what does Harrer suggest might happen in the future regarding Nothdurft and Mayer?

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

4. Describe Erich Friedli, Jr. and Arnold Heinen's climb in 1963.

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

7. Why were Kurt Diemberger and Wolfgang Stephan criticized, and how does Harrer answer that criticism?

8. Describe the ascent of Blach and Wallenkamp up the North Face in 1952.

9. What happened to Erich Vanis, Hans Ratay, and Karl Lugmayer on the Ice Bulge?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship of money and climbing in the book.

1) How does Harrer portray climbers who have financial backing versus those who have little money and equipment?

2) How does poverty affect the ability of climbers to be successful?

3) Is Harrer's portrayal of impoverished young climbers romanticized?

Essay Topic 2

Harrer sees taming the North Slope as expanding the domain of humanity. Discuss this aspect of the book.

1) Is humanity's intellectual and physical domain expanded by the successful attempts to climb the North Face? How does this expand human accomplishment?

2) How does Harrer ultimately feel about the affect of humans climbing the North Face? Once the North Face has been repeatedly climbed, has something been lost as well as gained?

3) Is the expansion of the human domain inherently good? Is it inevitable? How does the North Face fit into the bigger picture of human accomplishment?

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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