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 Lake is mentioned in regard to the story?

2. How heavy is a whale shark?

3. What item does Alvarez give to Heyerdahl?

4. How does Angelo kill the snake?

5. Which accompanied the raft along the journey?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What/where is Quito? What warning is received in regards to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The crew is surprised when they are able to make radio contact with a ham radio operator in Los Angeles named Hal. Why was the crew surprised to make contact? How did Hal respond to the conversation? Did the crew members ever speak to Hal again? What information was exchanged?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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