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

2. Which is NOT a fish seen from the raft?

3. Where does the current threaten to push the raft?

4. What is the common tradition of the people of this region?

5. Heyerdahl believes the islands are connected to what country?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Heyerdahl come to formulate the plan for the trip? What are the reactions of his friends and colleagues?

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

4. What unusual fish is observed from the raft? What becomes of the fish?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peruvian President Nieto is interested in learning more about the Kon-Tiki expedition which he had read about in the newspaper. While the president does not think that the trip will be a success, he is willing to help. Examine the President's thoughts, motives, and possible biases. Was the president willing to help for the benefit of science, for personal gain, or neither?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the personalities of Thor Heyerdahl and Peter Freuchen, the Danish Arctic explorer. Was one of the men correct? Were they opinions expressed by the men in direct conflict? Did either of them prove to be correct?

Essay Topic 3

There is a great deal said about the mysterious Easter Island. How did Easter Island get its name? What about the island changed at that time? Why is the region considered to be mysterious? Has any new information about the island been uncovered since the publishing of "Kon-Tiki?" If so, what? Does it cast a new light on the story?

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