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

2. Heyerdahl is a member of what New York City club?
(a) Cotton Club
(b) Explorers Club
(c) Midnight Club
(d) Seafarers Club

3. Heyerdahl believes the islands are connected to what country?
(a) Chile
(b) Peru
(c) Cuba
(d) Venezuela

4. What is Heyerdahl's profession?
(a) Zoologist
(b) Chemist
(c) Microbiologist
(d) Anthropologist

5. The poisonous creatures keep away which insects?
(a) Cockroaches
(b) Bees
(c) Flies
(d) Mosquitos

Short Answer Questions

1. Who accompanied Heyerdahl on the expedition?

2. Which was NOT one of the names given to the fallen trees?

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

4. Which is NOT a danger the men face on the trip?

5. How do the men get to the jungle?

Short Essay Questions

1. Herman is given a pet before the Kon-Tiki sets sail. What is the pet and what happens to it?

2. 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.

3. What piece of information strengthens Heyerdahl's theory?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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