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 did Corti do when he could not lift Longhi up onto the ledge?

2. What happened to Söhnel and Moosmüller on their attempt to climb the North Face in 1956?

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

4. How did Mayr climb from the First Ice Field to the Second Ice Field?

5. Was the filmed climb of Lothar Brandler, Jörg Lehne, and Sigfried Löw up the North Face successful?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

5. What information does Harrer offer in the later appended chapters about his treatment of Corti's story and the facts about Nothdurft's death?

6. After bivouacking above the Spider, how did Helmuth Drachsler and Walter Gstrein reach the summit?

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

8. What is Harrer's attitude toward Italians?

9. What contradictions are there in Corti's accounts of Nothdurft during the climb?

10. Describe what was done to lower Alfred Hellepart down the mountain in a rescue attempt.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the structure of Harrer's book.

1) How does the chronological telling of attempts to climb the North Face affect the book? Why does Harrer choose a chronological structure?

2) How does the addition of a second section to a later edition of the book affect it?

3) What stories are central to the book and gone into in more detail? Why does Harrer choose these events to emphasize?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the geography of the mountain in Harrer's book.

1) How is the mountain's geography important? Why does the North Face interest and entice climbers?

2) How important is it to know the geography of the North Face, according to Harrer? Why is it important?

3) How does the mountain's geography change, and what affect does this have on the attempts to climb it? How does the actual climbing and human activity affect the geography of the mountain?

Essay Topic 3

Harrer sees the overuse of technology in climbing as a danger. Discuss technology and human achievement in Harrer's book.

1) In what ways is technology a necessary part of mountain climbing? Could the Eiger's North Face be successfully climbed without technological advancements?

2) What does Harrer see as the danger of the overuse of technology? When does the use of technology become overuse? What aspects of climbing does it diminish?

3) How does technology make the advances in climbing the North Face an accomplishment of humanity as a whole, and does this in any way diminish individual accomplishments in climbing the North Face?

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