Into the Wild
Into the Wild
Summary & Analysis
Chapters 1 - 2
Chapters 4 - 5
Chapters 6 - 7
Chapters 8 - 9
Chapters 10 - 11
Chapters 12 - 13
Chapters 14 - 15
Chapter 18 and Epilogue
Christopher McCandless, a.k.a. “Alexander Supertramp”
Samuel Walter “Walt” McCandless
Important Quotations Explained
Full Book Quiz
Suggestions for Further Reading
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1. How does Christopher McCandless die in the wild?
2. What kind of vehicle does Christopher McCandless live in during his stay in Denali National Park?
A school bus
A railroad car
3. What first name does Christopher McCandless give to most people he encounters on his journey to Alaska?
4. What is Christopher McCandless doing when he is first introduced to the reader?
Writing in his diary
Hunting a moose
5. What is the destination of Christopher McCandless’s canoe trip down the Colorado River?
The Grand Canyon
His parents’ home
6. How does Christopher McCandless meet Wayne Westerberg?
During a night in jail
Through a tramp
Working on a farm
7. What job does Christopher McCandless work in Bullhead City, Arizona?
He works at McDonald’s.
He washes cars.
He delivers papers.
He works construction.
8. Why does Ronald Franz take Christopher McCandless into his home?
McCandless has offered to work in exchange for lodging.
McCandless persuades him that it is his moral duty.
McCandless reminds Franz of his own son, who is dead.
Franz’s wife likes McCandless.
9. What do Ronald Franz and Christopher McCandless make together?
A map of Alaska
10. What book does Christopher McCandless give to Wayne Westerberg?
by Boris Pasternak
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
by Henry David Thoreau
11. Where did Christopher McCandless grow up?
In suburban Virginia
In central Arizona
In small-town South Dakota
12. What was Christopher McCandless’s leadership role at Emory University?
Head of Phi Beta Kappa
Student newspaper editor
13. What is Christopher McCandless’s sister’s name?
14. Which of these technologies does Christopher McCandless’s father build?
15. What secret did Walt McCandless keep from his children with Billie McCandless?
He had another family.
The McCandless family was broke.
He had a substance addiction.
Christopher McCandless was adopted.
16. What is the Stampede Trail?
A hiking trail near the McCandless family home
A goldminer’s route followed by Jon Krakauer
The trail that Christopher McCandless took into Denali National Park
McCandless’s name for his hunting route
17. What was the name of the Alaska glacier climbed by Jon Krakauer?
18. Which figure does the narrator, Jon Krakauer, say most resembles Christopher McCandless?
19. What does Christopher McCandless acquire at the Fairbanks university bookstore?
A book about survivalism
A book about edible plants
His last journal
A new copy of Henry David Thoreau’s
20. How does Christopher McCandless finally view his success in killing a moose?
He is exhilarated at having secured a winter’s worth of food.
He is thankful but solemn.
He calls himself an expert hunter and feels new confidence.
He feels he has killed an animal for nothing because he cannot preserve all its meat.
21. How does Wayne Westerberg hear of Christopher McCandless’s death?
He reads Jon Krakauer’s article in
He hears about it over the radio.
He reads about it the
New York Times.
Jon Krakauer asks him for an interview.
22. What kind of seeds might have poisoned Christopher McCandless?
23. Who accompanies Jon Krakauer on his last visit to the site of Christopher McCandless’s death?
Carine McCandless and her husband
Christopher McCandless’s parents
Alaska state troopers
24. Why couldn’t Christopher McCandless leave Denali National Park?
He had renounced human society for religious reasons.
He couldn’t cross a river because of summer flooding.
He broke one of his legs.
He believed that civilization was on the verge of collapse.
25. What does Jon Krakauer use as the occasion for his final description of Christopher McCandless?
Billie McCandless’s baby pictures of Christopher McCandless.
Video of McCandless taken by a high school friend.
A photograph of McCandless with his father, Walt McCandless.
The last photograph McCandless took of himself.
Christopher McCandless, a.k.a. “Alexander Supertramp”: Character Analysis
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