Into the Wild

chapter 11 answers

list at least two things from McCandless' childhood that affected his personality.

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In Chapter Eleven, we learn that Chris was unusually gifted from the beginning, and incredibly willful. He was never antisocial, but he was always content to be alone, without toys or anything but himself.

Chris was placed in an accelerated program that he did not wish to be a part of.

In the third grade, after receiving a high score on a standardized achievement test, Chris was placed in an accelerated program for gifted students. “He wasn’t happy about it,” Billie remembers, “because it meant he had to do extra schoolwork. So he spent a week trying to get himself out of the program. This little boy attempted to convince the teacher, the principal—anybody who would listen—that the test results were in error, that he really didn’t belong there. We learned about it at the first PTA meeting. His teacher pulled us aside and told us that ‘Chris marches to a different drummer.’ She just shook her head.”

Chris' pareants worked all the time and spent liitle time with their children.

To make a go of it, says Carine, “Mom and Dad put in incredibly long hours. When Chris and I woke up in the morning to go to school, they’d be in the office working. When we came home in the afternoon, they’d be in the office working. When we went to bed at night, they’d be in the office working. They ran a real good business together and eventually started making bunches of money, but they worked all the time.”


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