Reading Chapters 1 and 2: The Beginning and the End
Note the epigraphs that begin each of these chapters. One is by a friend of Chris McCandless and the other is by McCandless himself, followed by a quotation from White Fang, by Jack London. In
What is your assessment of Chris McCandless so far? Keep notes as you read, ask questions of the text, and write down your reactions.
Reading Chapter 3: Home
Jot down your thoughts on the following questions:
1. What was Westerberg like? What kind of character did he have?
2. What was McCandless like? What kind of character did he have? Would you have liked to know him?
3. Why did McCandless start calling himself Alex instead of Chris? Did this make a difference in how he related to people?
4. List the people McCandless met along the way.
5. What was it about McCandless’s personality that made an impression on people?
6. Note McCandless’s journal. Why do you think he avoided using the first person when he talked about himself? Why doesn’t he use the pronoun “I”?
7. What is the purpose of Chapter 4?
8. Characterize Ronald Franz. What kind of a human being was he? Did he have your sympathy? Why or why not?
9. What more did you learn about McCandless’s relationship with his father? Do you think his anger is justified? Why or why not?