Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who attempts to watch the craft in action?

2. How long is a whale shark?

3. Freuchen rejects new ideas in favor of tried and true equipment such as the:

4. Who was able to escape from the massacre?

5. What is the most amount the raft will travel in one day?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the Guardian Rios? What is its purpose?

4. 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?

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

6. What was the first observation that led Heyerdahl to develop the theory about the Pacific Islands?

7. Heyerdahl's financing falls through and the trip is in jeopardy. How is the trip saved?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil? Was Guayaquil the appropriate spot for the mission? Describe the climate and general atmosphere of Guayaquil along with its location and overview of its culture. Explain the level of success of the mission and state the reasons for the opinion.

Essay Topic 2

There are several instances in which the Kon-Tiki encounters large and dangerous coral reefs. Explain how the crew might have avoided all the reefs, the deciding factors, and the results of the crew's actions. What might have changed the way the crew acted and reacted?

Essay Topic 3

There are several cases of foreshadowing used in the book. At least two involve the forthcoming incident of a man going overboard. Was the foreshadowing entirely correct? What actually happened? What was the outcome of the events? Who was involved in each event?

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