A Mountain Journey Questions

1. What was Dave Conroy doing out in the wilderness? (motivation)
He was doing his job, he was a trapper for the fur trade.

2. At what point does the reader know the protagonist is in serious trouble and not likely to make it to MacMoran’s cabin? (plot)
Because when he starts to hallucinate and freeze to death.

3. What three critical mistakes did Conroy make? What are some of the things he could have done to prevent himself from freezing? (plot)
When Dave didn’t sleep under the tree is when the story started going.
When he

4: Determine the elements of plot in this story: exposition, complicating incident, 3 crises, climax, and the denouement.
1. he falls into the river
2.the cabin burns down
3.makes his way to the cabin 18 miles away
Climax: Dave falls over in the snow and starts to hallucinate
Falling Action: Dave slowly starts to die
Conclusion: Dave dies

5: Describe the setting – how does the setting affect the plot and the theme of the story? What is the theme – write a theme statement for this story.
Cold, snowing, winter. It stops Dave from getting to where he needs to go.

6. Find one example of symbolic setting (concrete place that represents something abstract) and explain its meaning.
That tree, like a strong and’ lonely woman, called to his wary body to stop

7. Quote four images from the story that make effective comparisons (figurative language: simile
His fire slept with him pg:92
That tree, like a strong and’ lonely woman, called to his wary body to stop. Pg.: 92
searing the flesh of his wrists like flame pg:93


1. eternal p.92 lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning.
2. immobility p.93 the state of not moving; motionlessness.
3. opaque p.93 not able to be seen through; not transparent.
4. reverberation p.93 prolongation of a sound; resonance.
5. momentum p.93 the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
6. cadaverous p.94 resembling a corpse in being very pale, thin, or bony.
7 . congregated p.95 gather into a crowd or mass.
8. inundation p.95 an overwhelming abundance of people or things.
9. beggared p.95 reduce (someone) to poverty.
10. filched. P.96 pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way


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