The Final Choice – Chapter 6


List some of the problems the men face trying to get down the mountain. Include quotations from the text (pages 85-94) to support these ideas.

How does Joe, recreate the tension felt when he is lowered over the cliff “into the void”? Consider any structural (syntax), language or narrative techniques he uses to recreate the intensity of this experience. (pages 94-96)

Read through “Simon’s narration” describing this event. List significant details from this account which may support Simon’s decision to “cut the rope.” Why is it important that Simon’s perspective is included in this section of the text?

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Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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