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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. If Heyerdahl makes the trip how long should it take?
(a) 80 days
(b) 103 days
(c) 97 days
(d) 112 days

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

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

4. Which accompanied the raft along the journey?
(a) Tuna
(b) Pilot fish
(c) Whale shark
(d) Crabs

5. How long is a whale shark?
(a) 60 feet
(b) 45 feet
(c) 18 feet
(d) 30 feet

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of Heyerdahl's main concerns in planning a route?

2. The names of the trees are derived from people attached to which figure?

3. Where does Heyerdahl get a room?

4. What language was the translator required to speak?

5. What is the name of Heyerdahl's friend that lives in the countryside?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the Peruvian President's interest in the expedition? Does the president help or hinder the expedition?

4. 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.

5. What is Peter Freuchen's opinion on the updated expedition equipment? Explain.

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

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

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

9. What other story from Peruvian history mirrors that of the natives of the Pacific Islands?

10. What is the purpose Heyerdahl presents his manuscript to Carl? What is Carl's authority?

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