Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Cheryl Strayed
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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 month was it when Cheryl left Minnesota to drive to Portland in Chapter 2: "Splitting"?

2. How many days was Cheryl on the PCT before she reached Golden Oak Springs in Chapter 5: “Tracks”?

3. What does "Sierra Nevada" mean in Spanish?

4. What important item had Cheryl just lost over the edge of the mountain in the memoir's Prologue?

5. What is the title of Part Two of the memoir?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you describe Cheryl's mindset as she returns to the PCT in Chapter 9: “Staying Found”?

2. Describe Cheryl's encounter with the fox in Chapter 9: “Staying Found.” What inner emotions are revealed in this excerpt of the memoir?

3. What happens when Cheryl goes to lift her backpack and set out on the hike in Chapter 3: “Hunching in a Remotely Upright Position”?

4. What information does Cheryl learn during her detour in Chapter 6: “A Bull in Both Directions”?

5. Where is the author in the Prologue of the memoir? What action takes place in the Prologue?

6. What revelations about herself does Cheryl have while looking into the mirror before setting out for the PCT in Chapter 3: “Hunching in a Remotely Upright Position”?

7. What map does Cheryl describe in the beginning of Chapter 2: “Splitting”?

8. Who does Cheryl encounter when she arrives at Kennedy Meadows in Chapter 7: “The Only Girl in the Woods”?

9. Where did Cheryl go before she left Minnesota for her hike? What did she do here, according to the narrative in Chapter 2: “Splitting”?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the narrative structure of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. How does the narrative develop tension and build in the first chapters? Would you say that the narrative style of the memoir is similar to the narrative style of a fictional novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Cheryl’s encounter with Frank, Walter, and Carlos in the reading. What were Frank, Walter, and Carlos doing when Cheryl found them? What fears did Cheryl face as she sat in Frank’s truck? Were these fears well-founded?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the aspects of gender roles and expectations in Wild. How does Cheryl perceive her own femininity in relation to the men that she meets on the trail? What are your thoughts on the perceptions of others as Cheryl makes her way alone as a woman on the trail? How is Cheryl treated differently than the male hikers?

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