A Mountain Journey Questions

Questions 1-7:

  1. Dave Conroy was trapping out in the snowy and cold wilderness.


  1. During the rising action, the protagonist didn’t stop to make a fire after he fell through the ice and gotten wet.


  • he should have stopped to make a fire, but he decided to make a fire as he reached the cabin, even though he fell through the ice.
  • He should have spent the night three miles up the river under “that tree like a strong and lonely woman” to rest, instead of keep trying to reach the cabin.
  • Because of his pride, he didn’t bother to rest or take that good care of himself

Exposition: Dave Conroy was in the snowy and cold wilderness, and the only reason why he didn’t stop was because of his pride


complicating incident: the cold and the snow were his main obstacle, and it caused most of his problems


crises: 1. Not stopping to make a fire to dry himself after he fell through the ice

  1. the cabin he saw was burned to the grounds
  2. not able to start a fire at the cabin because his hands were frozen.


Climax: when he fell through the ice and continued without stopping to rest or dry himself


Denouement: he started to see a cottage with trees around it


  1. it is February wintertime; the setting makes up most of the plot and the character. The cold and snow affected how and where the story takes place, having the cold the biggest obstacle, and the reason why he was up there in the first place (to trap).


  1. The ice-breaking shows warns him of the danger that awaits him


personification: “That tree, like a strong and lonely woman” (pg.92)

Metaphor: “The cold was nibbling at his nose” (pg.97)

Simile: “like the tracing of a pen upon the snow.” (pg.93)

Metaphor: “if he slept, his fire slept with him” (pg.92)



Eternal: lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning.

Immobility: the state of not moving; motionlessness.

Opaque: not able to be seen through; not transparent.

Reverberation: prolongation of a sound; resonance

Momentum: the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.

Cadaverous: resembling a corpse in being very pale, thin, or bony

Congregated: gather into a crowd or mass.

Inundation: an overwhelming abundance of people or things.

Beggared: reduce (someone) to poverty.

Filched: pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way.


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