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Comparing Norgay, Krakauer and Hillary

STEP 1: Read about Jon Krakauer's climb to the summit of Mr. Everest--HERE

STEP 2: Read about Tenzing Norgay's climb to the summit of Mr. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary--HERE

STEP 3: You have already read Sir Edmund Hillary's account HERE. As you read Jon Krakauer's account and Tenzing Norgay's account,THINK about the following questions.

  1. What was Jon Krakauer's purpose in writing his account of climbing to the summit of Mr. Everest? What was the tone of his piece? What was the mood of his piece?
  2. What was Tenzing Norgay's purpose in writing his account of climbing to the summit of Mr. Everest? What was the tone of his piece? What was the mood of his piece?
  3. Whose account of climbing Everest was more appealing to you? Why?
  4. Norgay calls Hillary his friend at the beginning of this excerpt. Do you think that was a sincere compliment? Why or why not?
  5. List one detail in the account told from Hillary's perspective that was not included in Norgay's account.
  6. List one detail in the account told from Norgay's perspective that was not included in Hillary's account.
  7. How do you think that each writer's background influenced his perspective?
  8. What kinds of words does Norgay use in his description of Mount Everest that are different from the words Hillary uses to describe the mountain? How do you explain the difference?



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