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

2. What does Gary do when he finds a snared doe while training for his first race?
(a) He watches the doe free herself.
(b) He cuts off the noose.
(c) He curses then moves his team along.
(d) He watches the doe struggle and finally die.

3. How many dogs does Gary take to Alaska?
(a) Fifteen.
(b) Seven.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Twelve.

4. When does the Iditarod race start?
(a) Early March.
(b) Early January.
(c) Late January.
(d) Early April.

5. What is the setting at the beginning of the book?
(a) In the Colorado mountains.
(b) Near the Alaska Range.
(c) On the Iditarod trail.
(d) In the northern woods of Minnesota.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesn't Gary feel pain when the snow hook pierces his boot?

2. Why isn't Gary worried when he doesn't see any other teams on the trail after he leaves Anchorage?

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

4. What does Gary see Marge hunt?

5. Where is the true start of the race?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the red-bearded musher in "Alaska" react when his lead dog bites Gary?

2. In "Skwentna," describe the encounter with the moose on the way back to the true trail.

3. According to Gary, what are "problem" dogs?

4. What goes wrong for Gary between the start of the race and the time he rejoins the trail?

5. What have the mushers NOT been told about Happy Canyon?

6. In the last chapter, how does the doctor tell Gary about Gary's test results?

7. What happens when Gary asks the doctor, "Is there a time?"

8. How does Cookie warn Gary about thin ice in Norton Sound?

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

10. What shape is Gary in when he reaches the town of Nikolai?

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