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. After close inspection, what does Joe determine the "floor" of the crevasse to be?
(a) Snow-covered rock.
(b) The fragile ceiling of a lower cavern.
(c) A dead end.
(d) Not really snow at all.

2. What are the bas-relief figures doing?
(a) Pointing toward God.
(b) Gawping.
(c) Copulating.
(d) Carving.

3. Why does Joe turn off his head torch?
(a) So he can go to sleep.
(b) To save the batteries.
(c) He can't stand the looks of his injury.
(d) So he can see out better.

4. Besides the commands of the voice, what does Joe rely on to keep him going?
(a) The heat.
(b) Simon.
(c) His watch.
(d) The glacier.

5. While crawling through the crevasse section of the glacier, what does Joe hear in his head in addition to the voice?
(a) Voices of dead people.
(b) Prayers.
(c) Pop song lyrics.
(d) Birdsong.

6. Joe reaches an open void while abseiling deep into the crevasse, and he struggles to continue. He compares the sensation to which experience?
(a) Standing on a diving board and staring into the pool.
(b) The moment before saying "yes" in a marriage ceremony.
(c) Standing in the doorway of a plane, wearing a parachute.
(d) Riding a bike for the first time.

7. When reaching the "floor" of the crevasse, Joe determines his depth to be...
(a) Below sea level.
(b) About 100 feet.
(c) About 150 feet.
(d) About 50 feet.

8. While crawling through the crevasse section of the glacier, what does Joe frequently do?
(a) He stands up to check the progress of his route.
(b) He vomits.
(c) He digs bucket seats.
(d) He bleats out obscenities.

9. In Bomb Alley, Joe sees the footprints of Simon and Richard. What does he think this means?
(a) That they have left him.
(b) That they are embarrassed for having wet themselves.
(c) That they can't keep up.
(d) That they are following close behind.

10. Upon clearing the crevasses and reaching the moraines, what does Joe realize?
(a) That Simon and Richard have left base camp.
(b) That the lakes are frozen.
(c) That he's going the wrong direction.
(d) That he is snow-blind.

11. What does Joe do when the voice tells him what to do?
(a) He argues.
(b) He obeys.
(c) He ignores it.
(d) He cries.

12. What is the first thing Richard gives to Simon?
(a) The medicine bag.
(b) Cheese.
(c) Chocolate.
(d) Tea.

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

14. What name does Joe shout over and over in the crevasse?
(a) Simon.
(b) Jesus.
(c) Richard.
(d) Ramona.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Simon recalls that he wanted to see Bolivia before returning to London. What country does Joe want to see?

2. While abseiling deeper into the crevasse, Joe is certain of two things. What are they?

3. Who narrates the chapter "Silent Witness"?

4. In the opening scene of the chapter "Shadows in the Ice", Joe is convinced that he and his partner are going to die. What does Joe hope?

5. After he emerges from the crevasse, what obstacle next lies in his path?

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