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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of wood does Heyerdahl believe the South Americans used to build their rafts?



2. Heyerdahl had previously worked on which group of islands?



3. If Heyerdahl makes the trip how long should it take?



4. What poisonous creatures battle in the bungalow?



5. What is Heyerdahl's profession?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. It is easy to see how one can become confused, considering the chief gods have various names. What were the names of the chief gods mentioned in the story?



3. What is the purpose Heyerdahl presents his manuscript to Carl? What is Carl's authority?



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



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



6. What happens when the raft approaches Angatau?



7. What type of food do the men eat on board? What are the options?



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



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



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



Essay Topics

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?

The book details the end of the journey after the Kon-Tiki arrives at its destination. Detail the landing of the Kon-Tiki, its location, and how it was received. Who was on hand to welcome the crew ashore? Did the trip prove Heyerdahl's theory? Explain.

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?

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