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 event interrupted Heyerdahl's research?

2. Which accompanied the raft along the journey?

3. What poisonous creatures battle in the bungalow?

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

5. What is the name of the chief god of the white men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What items did the first European explorers discover on the Pacific Islands?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is Peter Freuchen's opinion on the updated expedition equipment? Explain.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

About the time the crew arrived at the tiny, uninhabited island, this comment was made: "'Purgatory was a bit damp,' said Bengt, 'but heaven is more or less as I'd imagined it.'" What did Bengt mean? To what was he comparing Purgatory and Heaven? Do you feel that the comparison was accurate? How might the other crew members felt about the comment?

Essay Topic 2

Polynesians celebrate an oral history, told by Tei Tetua. Examine the tales told by Tei Tuta and how they affected Heyerdahl. Given the manner in which the stories were told, do you think they were accurate? Did the stories prove or disprove any of Heyerdahl's own theories? Were any of Tei Tetua's stories proven or disproved by the trip made by the Kon-Tiki?

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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