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. Where does the current threaten to push the raft?

2. What is one of Heyerdahl's main concerns in planning a route?

3. Who arranges to find the first tree?

4. Heyerdahl impatiently waits for results on what item?

5. What mountain range do the men encounter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the Peruvian President's interest in the expedition? Does the president help or hinder the expedition?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What was the first observation that led Heyerdahl to develop the theory about the Pacific Islands? Do you think that the author had significant information to develop such a theory? Who believed or disbelieved Heyerdahl's theory? How did those opinions affect the trip eventually undertaken by the Kon-Tiki?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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