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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which is NOT among the planned stops for Heyerdahl?
(a) Ecuador
(b) South America
(c) Galapagos Islands
(d) Peru

2. Who was able to escape from the massacre?
(a) Munthe-Kaas
(b) Kon Tiki
(c) Heyerdahl
(d) Chief Cari

3. How long are the nearly invisible visitors?
(a) 5 fathoms
(b) 3 fathoms
(c) 9 fathoms
(d) 7 fathoms

4. What is thrown at the whale shark?
(a) Empty food cans
(b) A crew member
(c) Bait
(d) Harpoon

5. What blocks the men's path into the jungle?
(a) Fallen log
(b) River
(c) bandits
(d) Jungle cat

Short Answer Questions

1. What ancient culture's story convinces Heyerdahl of the connection?

2. Who arranges to find the first tree?

3. What does Heyerdahl require to construct the raft?

4. Who rejects Heyerdahl's manuscript?

5. Heyerdahl had previously worked on which group of islands?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the crew members establish rotating shifts? How is the plan organized?

2. Why does Heyerdahl go to the Norwegian's Sailor's Home? What does the author learn there?

3. What occurs after Heyerdahl tries to establish a contact with an old military connection. Why does Heyerdahl make the contact?

4. It is easy to see how one can become confused, considering the chief gods have various names. What were the names of the chief gods mentioned in the story?

5. What was the main similarity between the cultures that further convinced Heyerdahl?

6. Under what circumstances does Heyerdahl meet Colonel Haskin? How does the meeting benefit Heyerdahl?

7. Why did Heyerdahl stop work on the hypothesis of the islands? Heyerdahl went into military service during World War II but resumed the work after the war was over.

8. What was the first observation that led Heyerdahl to develop the theory about the Pacific Islands?

9. Who is Wilhelm and why is his role important in the story?

10. How do Heyerdahl and Watzinger procure the necessary items for their trip into the Andes?

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