Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Short Essay - Answer Key

Cheryl Strayed
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1. Where is the author in the Prologue of the memoir? What action takes place in the Prologue?

The author, Cheryl, is on the top of a mountain in northern California. She is staring into the tree tops below, where one of her boots just fell. Realizing that having one boot is of no use to her, she throws the other boot over the mountain as well.

2. How does the author introduce herself and her mindset regarding her journey in the memoir's Prologue?

Cheryl shares her hopes that the PCT will help her to find herself through her grief and struggling. Cheryl remembers making the decision to walk the trail, feeling that she had nothing left to lose. As she finds herself bootless on the top of a mountain, she realizes that her only choice is to keep walking.

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