A Walk in the Woods Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 117 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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A Walk in the Woods Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
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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 makes the trail easier for Bryson and Katz when they hike on after the snowstorm?

2. What are Bryson and Katz's reaction to the commercialism of Knoxville?

3. What is a major drawback to accepting a ride in the Pontiac?

4. What types of trees grew in the forest of the Appalachian Trail in 1948?

5. What makes Bryson and Katz decide not to hike the whole Appalachian Trail?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the physical condition of Bryson and Katz when they reach Clingman's Dome.

2. Summarize the weather report the man at the airport check-in gives to Bryson and Katz as they prepare to leave for the Appalachian Trail.

3. Why do Bryson and Katz feel guilty about leaving Mary Ellen behind in the woods?

4. Summarize why the US Forest Service builds so many roads.

5. Describe the Chattahoochee Forest.

6. Summarize the realization that Bryson and Katz come to as they look at a map of the Appalachian Trail in Gatlinburg.

7. Why does Bryson describe his first day on the trail as hell?

8. Summarize the accomplishments of Earl V. Shaffer during the summer of 1948.

9. Describe Stephen Katz, Bryson's hiking partner.

10. What is the reaction of Katz and Bryson when they come out of the wilderness to the civilization of Knoxville?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze the resolution of the story as it relates to each of the characters in the novel.

2) Explain the metamorphosis each of them experiences in the final chapter.

3) How has their experiences on the trail affected their attitudes toward the future?

Essay Topic 2

Bryson describes the attitudes of Americans toward the wilderness.

1) Interpret Bryson's views about Americans and the wilderness.

2) In what way do Americans differ in their attitudes toward the wilderness with other parts of the world? Use examples from the book to justify the answers.

Essay Topic 3

1) Compare and contrast the characters of Katz and Bryson with the Spring hikers they meet along the trail.

2) Summarize the impact each group has on one another.

3) How is each group realistic in its view of hiking?

4) How do their attitudes toward hiking differ? Cite examples from the novel.

(see the answer keys)

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