Touching the Void Test | Final Test - Easy

Joe Simpson (mountaineer)
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Joe looks at the frayed end of the cut rope, what colors are the nylon filaments?
(a) White and pink.
(b) Red and blue.
(c) Purple and yellow.
(d) Green and brown.

2. After seeing that the rope had been cut, Joe falls asleep. What wakes him?
(a) The cold.
(b) Someone shouting.
(c) The sounds of the glacier.
(d) A nightmare of falling.

3. What does Simon assume the foul taste in his mouth is from?
(a) Hunger.
(b) Altitude sickness.
(c) Dehydration.
(d) Pulmonary edema.

4. Why does Joe decide to descend deeper into the crevasse?
(a) He sees some light at the bottom of the crevasse.
(b) Because that is in the worst-case-scenario climber's manual.
(c) He knows there is a way out.
(d) He cannot bear another night on the ice bridge.

5. How far into the crevasse does Joe guess he has fallen?
(a) All the way.
(b) About 50 feet.
(c) About 100 feet.
(d) About 50 stories.

6. After waking from his nightmare, what does Joe see?
(a) Stars.
(b) A way out.
(c) His breath against the snow roof.
(d) Sunlight reflecting off of his crampons.

7. How does Joe resolve to die?
(a) Suddenly, unexpectedly, and in the course of finding a way out.
(b) By jumping into the void.
(c) Slowly and painlessly by hypothermia.
(d) In his sleep.

8. Simon recalls that he wanted to see Bolivia before returning to London. What country does Joe want to see?
(a) Bolivia.
(b) Ecuador.
(c) Peru.
(d) Tasmania.

9. After he falls into the crevasse, what does Joe see through the hole far above?
(a) Sunlight.
(b) Stars.
(c) Simon's body.
(d) Clouds.

10. Who does Simon dread talking to upon his return to civilization?
(a) The police and Joe's parents.
(b) The police and Customs officials.
(c) Spinoza and Richard.
(d) Joe's parents and Joe's wife.

11. When he finds a way out, what does Joe say he has that he didn't have before?
(a) Feeling in his fingers.
(b) An escape route.
(c) The will to live.
(d) A plan.

12. How does Simon view the climb after determining that Joe has died?
(a) Awesome.
(b) Brilliant.
(c) Pointless.
(d) One for the record books.

13. When Joe encounters Simon's footprints, he describes them as sinuous. What does this mean?
(a) Meandering.
(b) Equally spaced.
(c) As if he had been running.
(d) Reckless.

14. How does Joe describe the shape of the crevasse chamber where he has been?
(a) A figure-8.
(b) Pear-shaped.
(c) Football-shaped.
(d) Hourglass-shaped.

15. The human figures Joe sees in the broken ice of a cliff are in "bas-relief". What does this mean?
(a) Humming a bass-pitched tune.
(b) Reclining.
(c) Projecting slightly from the background.
(d) Resting.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Joe finally musters the courage to look down, what does he see in disbelief?

2. After his first night in a snow cave since exiting the crevasse, Joe awakens, screaming from a nightmare about the crevasse, in which he was reciting what?

3. To what does Joe compare the figures in the ice?

4. When Joe finally reaches Bomb Alley, he immediately finds a trickle of water. How long has he gone without food or water?

5. What does Joe lack the courage to do?

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