Into the Wild: Chapter 18 Summary


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In the final chapter of Into the Wild, which theory about the cause of Chris McCandless's death does Jon Krakauer think is most likely?

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1. In Chapter 18 of Into the Wild, what toxic plant do some people think McCandless accidentally collected and ate the seeds of, causing his death?

2. In Chapter 18 of Into the Wild, why does Jon Krakauer conclude that alkaloids could not be the cause of Chris McCandless's death?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The events of Chapter 18 of Into the Wild are the focus of this combination of a quiz and worksheet. You are asked about the theory regarding Chris's death and the toxic plant that he may have ingested. You can also find questions about the length of his survival in the Alaskan wilderness.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can see the following content inside the combination quiz and worksheet:

  • The theory behind Chris McCandless's death
  • What plant Chris may have ingested
  • Why alkaloids could not be the cause of death
  • Chris's final note to the world

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - understand the main points of Chapter 18
  • Information recall - remember what you read about Chris's final note
  • Making connections - realize why alkaloids could not have been the cause of death

Additional Learning

For more information, check out the lesson titled Into the Wild: Chapter 18 Summary. Inside, you can see the following topics:

  • Potato seeds
  • Mold
  • Swainsonine