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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Gary get the old bike he uses for dog running?
(a) From a neighbor.
(b) It was his childhood bike.
(c) At an auction.
(d) He found it in the barn.

2. What does Gary say he had when he started training for his first Iditarod?
(a) Insomnia.
(b) Money.
(c) Ignorance.
(d) Help.

3. Which experience does Gary NOT share with the dogs in "Becoming Dog"?
(a) He urinates in the kennel.
(b) He eats the dogs' food.
(c) He sings a night song with the dogs.
(d) He cooks in the kennel.

4. What did Gary ship to each checkpoint for the dogs?
(a) Beds.
(b) Extra booties.
(c) Turkey gizzards.
(d) Sweaters.

5. In the Prelude, what does Gary notice that finally triggers his "survival code?"
(a) The temperature was dropping.
(b) The tracks behind the sled were filling up quickly.
(c) The dogs were slowing down.
(d) Visibility was getting worse.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gary notice in the picture of a dog team training for the Iditarod?

2. What does the command "Haw" mean?

3. What does Ruth say to Gary after his skunk encounter in "Major Wrecks"?

4. Where are the dogs when Gary sleeps in the Prelude?

5. In the Prelude Gary writes, "The difficulty came because of ____________."

Short Essay Questions

1. What paradox of the race does Gary write about in "Alaska"?

2. What happens to the musher who leaves Shaktolik just before Gary does?

3. Why does Gary think that it's almost impossible to "see wild thinking?"

4. What does Gary do to "become dog?"

5. What "absolute fundamental knowledge" scares Gary at the end of the Prelude?

6. Describe Gary's fear when he learns his diagnosis in "An End."

7. Why does the other musher at Finger Lake ask Gary, "You're leaving now?"

8. What things are discussed during the musher meetings?

9. How do the dogs show their desire to run in the first snow of the season?

10. Describe the interchange between Gary and the old man in Unalakleet.

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