Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer! Trivia Quiz

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a very interesting read that tests us the story of young Christopher Johnson McCandless who embarks on a soul-searching journey across America after giving up everything he had to his name. The quiz below is designed to see just how much you remember from the book itself. Take it up, and good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In 1977, at the age of 23, Krakauer goes to Alaska to climb _______

    • A.

      The Angel's Halo

    • B.

      The Devil's Thumb

    • C.

      Denali

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. The Devil's Thumb
    Explanation
    In 1977, Krakauer goes to Alaska to climb The Devil's Thumb.

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  • 2. 

    Krakauer must cross the Stikine Ice Cap to get to reach the summit when he falls into a crevice.  What saves him?

    • A.

      The safety rope he has screwed into the ice

    • B.

      The cross shaped poles he has strapped to his body

    • C.

      The ice axe he uses to to drive into the wall of ice to stop his fall

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. The cross shaped poles he has strapped to his body
    Explanation
    The cross shaped poles that Krakauer has strapped to his body save him from falling further into the crevice. These poles act as anchors, preventing him from sliding deeper into the crevice and potentially saving his life.

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  • 3. 

    What must Krakauer do in exchange for a ride north?

    • A.

      Work on a boat, The Ocean Queen

    • B.

      Sell bait at a fishing and tackle store

    • C.

      Make halibut traps at a local fishery

    • D.

      Work several cafe shifts for a restaurant owner

    Correct Answer
    A. Work on a boat, The Ocean Queen
    Explanation
    Krakauer must work on a boat, specifically The Ocean Queen, in exchange for a ride north.

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  • 4. 

    Krakauer has the foresight to arrange a supply drop.  What went awry?

    • A.

      The supplies were dropped at the wrong location

    • B.

      The supplies were dropped miles from the base camp

    • C.

      A storm delayed the supplies

    • D.

      The supplies never arrived

    Correct Answer
    C. A storm delayed the supplies
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that a storm delayed the supplies. This means that Krakauer's plan to arrange a supply drop was hindered by the storm, causing a delay in the arrival of the supplies.

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  • 5. 

    Upon his first ascent, Krakauer must stop because

    • A.

      The ice was too thin

    • B.

      His pick axe could not provide a foothold

    • C.

      He realized he brought the wrong climbing rope

    • D.

      Both A and B

    • E.

      Both B and C

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Krakauer had to stop upon his first ascent because both A and B were true. The ice was too thin, which means it was not strong enough to support his weight and provide a safe climbing surface. Additionally, his pick axe could not provide a foothold, indicating that he was unable to find a secure grip or anchor point to continue climbing. These two factors combined forced him to halt his ascent.

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  • 6. 

    After his first ascent failed, Krakauer considered quitting and returning to Boulder.  Why doesn't he?

    • A.

      He could not accept the smug expressions of condolences

    • B.

      He owed people money

    • C.

      He had no means to return

    • D.

      He would have no job and no work to return to

    Correct Answer
    A. He could not accept the smug expressions of condolences
    Explanation
    Krakauer does not quit and return to Boulder because he cannot accept the smug expressions of condolences. This suggests that he does not want to face the sympathy and pity from others, which may make him feel defeated or inadequate. It implies that he wants to prove himself and continue his journey despite the failure, rather than succumbing to the judgment and sympathy of others.

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  • 7. 

    During a snow storm, Krakauer decides to calm his nerves.  What happens?

    • A.

      He drinks himself into an oblivion and suffers from hyperthermia

    • B.

      He decides to smoke pot and burns a hole in the tent

    • C.

      He drinks and smokes pot and accidentally leaves his radio on running down his batteries

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. He decides to smoke pot and burns a hole in the tent
    Explanation
    Krakauer decides to smoke pot during a snow storm, which leads to him accidentally burning a hole in the tent.

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  • 8. 

    The main conflict between Krakauer and his father stems from the fact.

    • A.

      Krakauer broke away from the family church

    • B.

      Krakauer began to dabble heavily into drugs

    • C.

      Krakauer was a victim of physical abuse

    • D.

      Krakauer did not want to pursue a career in the medical field

    Correct Answer
    D. Krakauer did not want to pursue a career in the medical field
    Explanation
    The main conflict between Krakauer and his father stems from Krakauer's decision to not pursue a career in the medical field. This decision goes against his father's expectations and desires for him, causing tension and disagreement between them.

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  • 9. 

    On his second ascension, Krakauer decides to take a less challenging route.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Krakauer's decision to take a less challenging route on his second ascension indicates that he wanted to make the climb easier for himself. This suggests that he may have learned from his previous experience and wanted to avoid the difficulties and risks associated with a more challenging route. By choosing a less challenging route, Krakauer likely aimed to increase his chances of success and ensure a safer climb.

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  • 10. 

    Upon his return from this climbing experience, Krakauer shares his success. How do people react?

    • A.

      They don't believe him.

    • B.

      They congratulate him, and his story is published in the town paper.

    • C.

      People in a local bar buy him drinks and a commemorative plaque hangs on the wall

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. They don't believe him.
    Explanation
    Upon his return from his climbing experience, people do not believe Krakauer's success. This suggests that his story may be seen as unbelievable or exaggerated by others.

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