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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. By whom were the white men massacred?
(a) Illa Tiki
(b) Munthe-Kaas
(c) Chief Cari
(d) Kon Tiki

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

3. What is the name of the old man that tells the history of the region?
(a) Knutson
(b) King Kemah Mahe
(c) Tei Tutua
(d) Cari

4. In what increments do the Polynesians recount their history?
(a) 10 years
(b) 50 years
(c) 25 years
(d) 30 years

5. What is the common tradition of the people of this region?
(a) Weaving
(b) Drum circles
(c) Oral history
(d) Sing-alongs

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Peter Freuchen?

2. What poisonous creatures battle in the bungalow?

3. Who was considered to be the original, a founder of the inhabitants on the Pacific Islands?

4. What year did the second wave of settlers arrive?

5. What type of wood does Heyerdahl believe the South Americans used to build their rafts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What items did the first European explorers discover on the Pacific Islands?

2. The men face much natural interference in their trek into the jungle. What happens?

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

4. While aboard the Kon-Tiki, one of the crew members suffers from an ailment. What is the ailment? Which crew member suffers? What is done to help?

5. How many trees are felled by the men? Why are the trees named before they are cut down?

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

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

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

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

10. What two things did the naval experts warn Heyerdahl about before the trip?

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