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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. What does Heyerdahl require to construct the raft?
(a) Chain saw
(b) Translator
(c) Engineer
(d) Balsa logs

2. Heyerdahl attends a lecture regarding what topic?
(a) Cartography
(b) Expedition equipment
(c) Radar training
(d) Navigation techniques

3. What is one of Heyerdahl's main concerns in planning a route?
(a) Trade winds
(b) Strong currents
(c) Uncharted waters
(d) Difficult navigation

4. The naval experts were wrong about the longevity of what item?
(a) Food supply
(b) Sails
(c) Ropes
(d) Tempers

5. How much does the massive amount of paperwork weigh?
(a) 34 pounds
(b) 26 pounds
(c) 12 pounds
(d) 15 pounds

Short Answer Questions

1. Heyerdahl believes the islands are connected to what country?

2. How long is a whale shark?

3. What is Otto Munthe-Kaas' title?

4. Who is Peter Freuchen?

5. What is the estimated date on which people first arrived on the islands?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What unusual fish is observed from the raft? What becomes of the fish?

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

4. Why does the Kon-Tiki nearly make an unscheduled stop on the Galapagos Islands? Why is the landing aborted?

5. Why was the translator of little use to Heyerdahl and Watzinger? What was the result?

6. How do the Polynesians record the history of their people?

7. How does Heyerdahl come to formulate the plan for the trip? What are the reactions of his friends and colleagues?

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

9. What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil?

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

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