Touching the Void Test | Final Test - Hard

Joe Simpson (mountaineer)
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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 Joe land on when he falls into the crevasse?

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

3. Who does Richard go to see about getting donkeys for transporting their gear?

4. When Joe pulls on the rope in the crevasse, what happens?

5. What does Joe strap around his injured leg?

Short Essay Questions

1. While trying to reach base camp, what single thought springs Joe into action, but also holds the possibility of being the final death of him?

2. When does the "voice" utter its first words of discouragement? What does it tell Joe?

3. Why is Joe so worried about losing Simon's tracks?

4. While preparing for his escape attempt up the snow cone towards the light, how does Joe's view towards the crevasse briefly change?

5. How does Joe describe his night in the moraines under the stars?

6. When Simon sees the cliff over which Joe had been hanging, how does he feel?

7. In the moraines, what device plays a crucial role in Joe's survival?

8. Through the moraines, Joe's watch is a strong preoccupation. Besides pain, what is his obsession?

9. As Simon turns for one last look at Siula Grande, what goes through his mind?

10. Describe Joe's one article of clothing that Simon can't bring himself to burn.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Prologue of the book is the quote by T.E. Lawrence, preceding the first chapter. Why do you think the author chose this excerpt? What do you think it means? How is it significant? What does it have to do with the story?

Essay Topic 2

What would you do in a similar or identical predicament as Joe's? Simon's? Why?

Essay Topic 3

In the Epilogue, "Bad Memories", Joe talks about his experience of returning to Siula Grande for the filming of "Touching the Void". He says repeatedly that he feels "panic" and mentions post-traumatic stress syndrome. Research the effects of post-traumatic stress syndrome, its history, and the advances in its treatment. Why doesn't Joe get treatment for the disorder? Does he have the disorder? What has helped with getting over his traumatic experience?

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