A Mountain Journey Questions

(These are my answers to the questions I had to fill out for the short story “A Mountain Journey”)

1. Dave Conroy was trapping animals for furs out in the wilderness proof for this is in this quote “fifty pounds of fur for the market-the result of six weeks’ trapping on the head of the Jack- pine.”

2. We know that Dave Conroy was not likely to make it to the cabin after we see in this quote ”MacMoran would take him in, feed him, make a fire for him to sit beside.” where he says that MacMoran will find him instead of him making it there. We also know that he won’t make it after him saying “He bit his fingers. They were cold and white and unresponsive as a dead man’s.” Which means he has stage 4 hypothermia (severe hypothermia). With out him being able to make a fire to thaw his hands he has no chance of survival.

3. Three critical mistakes that Conroy made were having overconfidence of his ability to make it to the cabin, not stopping after he fell in the river and not realizing that he had hypothermia. If he hadn’t had overconfidence in his ability to make it to the cabin he would have been under the tree with the exposed moss, warm and well rested. Furthermore if he had stopped after he had fallen into the river he still would be fine. Not realizing that he had hypothermia was his biggest mistake because that is how he died. If he had realized that he was starting to freeze he could have made a fire before his hands became unresponsive.

4. The exposition of this story was Dave Conroy, by hoodoo creek in the winter returning from his trapping to get furs to sell. The complicating incident in this story was when Dave Conroy didn’t stop under the tree with exposed moss. One crises is when Conroy falls in a sink hole and gets his gloves wet. The second crisis is when Conroy decides to continue to the cabin
And the third crisis is when he finds the cabin burnt down, but decides to go to MacMoran’s cabin. The climax of this story is when decides to take a rest instead of continuing to the cabin. Lastly the denouement is when Conroy sat down to take a break he never got up because he die of hypothermia.

5. The setting is Hoodoo creek Alberta, in the wilderness, in the winter around the 1880’s (I don’t know. The olden days?) . The setting affects the plot by being the antagonist in the story (cold, harsh environment that is trying to freeze Conroy). It also effects the theme by. Making Conroy try to be tough out the wilderness. It makes him try to be tough because of the stereotype society has put on him as a man. For example: “men have to be tough and heartless or they aren’t real men”. In a way society kind of killed Conroy.

6. The symbolic setting was at the end when he saw the white cottage with it’s doors open like what the gates of heaven might look like.



7. 1) “the cold was an old man’s fingers feeling craftily through his clothes.”
2) “his skis had sunk a foot in the new snow, white and soft as flour.”
3) ”driven by a gnawing fear of death…”
4) “branches sweeping low, so that close against its trunk, cradled in its roots…”

1. eternal = lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning.
2. immobility = the state of not moving; motionlessness.
3. opaque = not able to be seen through; not transparent.
4. reverberation = prolongation of a sound; resonance.
5. momentum = the quantity of motion of a moving body
6. cadaverous = resembling a corpse in being very pale, thin, or bony.
7. congregated = gather into a crowd or mass.
8. inundation = an overwhelming abundance of people or things.
9. beggared = reduce (someone) to poverty.
10. filched = pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way.

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