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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. How long is a whale shark?

2. What is Heyerdahl's profession?

3. How many crew members work together on a shift?

4. What poisonous creatures battle in the bungalow?

5. What year did the second wave of settlers arrive?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the Polynesians record the history of their people?

2. There is at least one thing that Heyerdahl feels he has in common with the ancients. What is it?

3. How do the men keep occupied while out on the sea? How are conflicts handled?

4. What occurs after Heyerdahl tries to establish a contact with an old military connection. Why does Heyerdahl make the contact?

5. What is Heyerdahl's explanation of the reality of the hut versus the waves?

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

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

8. What is Bengt's comment regarding the near collision and trip to the island?

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

10. How does the crew avoid hitting the Takume and Raroia reefs? What is the result?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Much of the weather in the South Seas had gone unreported, often leaving the crew in the dark as to what to expect. Why is this true? Why was it important for the crew to report the weather? To who was the weather reported? What became of the information? How might it benefit future sailors?

Essay Topic 2

Once the crew has been rescued from the island, they have conversations with the tribal chief and vice-chief. Thor attempts to explain the purpose for the voyage, which leads to a discussion. What topic is discussed by Thor and Teka? What is Teka's reaction to Thor's theory? Is there a conflict? If so, how is it resolved? What is the final relationship between the crew and the natives?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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