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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the whale shark's preferred meal?
2. If Heyerdahl makes the trip how long should it take?
3. How long is a whale shark?
4. What poisonous creatures battle in the bungalow?
5. What item does Alvarez give to Heyerdahl?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. What other story from Peruvian history mirrors that of the natives of the Pacific Islands?
3. What two things did the naval experts warn Heyerdahl about before the trip?
4. What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil?
5. How do Heyerdahl and Watzinger procure the necessary items for their trip into the Andes?
6. Herman is given a pet before the Kon-Tiki sets sail. What is the pet and what happens to it?
7. 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?
8. How does Heyerdahl come to formulate the plan for the trip? What are the reactions of his friends and colleagues?
9. What was the first observation that led Heyerdahl to develop the theory about the Pacific Islands?
10. Why does Heyerdahl go to the Norwegian's Sailor's Home? What does the author learn there?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The natives of a nearby island approached the crew in two outrigger canoes. The natives said that they wanted to wait until daylight to approach the island. Why? How did the natives know that the crew was on the island? How did the natives attempt to help? What was the resolution?
Essay Topic 2
On the ocean there is not much to do other than work, talk to one another, eat, and stare at the sea. How do the men keep occupied while out on the sea? Are there games or interaction with the sea creatures? If any conflict should arise during the course of the trip, how would it be handled? Who would make the decisions?
Essay Topic 3
There is at least one thing that Heyerdahl feels he has in common with the ancients. Explain in detail Heyerdahl's thoughts. What is the commonality? How does Heyerdahl arrive at the opinion? Does the rest of the crew agree or disagree? What is your opinion?
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