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. Herman suffers an injury to what body part?

2. What is the unique item that is included on the prehistoric Incan rafts?

3. The poisonous creatures keep away which insects?

4. What is Otto Munthe-Kaas' title?

5. What mountain range do the men encounter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the crew members take the dinghy into the water? What is their reaction?

2. Why does the Kon-Tiki nearly make an unscheduled stop on the Galapagos Islands? Why is the landing aborted?

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

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

5. How did Easter Island get its name? What about the island changed at that time?

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

7. How many trees are felled by the men? Why are the trees named before they are cut down?

8. What hinders the Kon-Tiki from traveling to a second island?

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

10. Who is Wilhelm and why is his role important in the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Heyerdahl discusses the arrival of Christian missionaries on Easter Island. When did the missionaries arrive and what was the purpose? What item was destroyed on Easter Island that may have detailed the region's history? What was the reason for the destruction? How might the item have changed how the world perceives Easter Island?

Essay Topic 3

There are several cases of foreshadowing used in the book. At least two involve the forthcoming incident of a man going overboard. Was the foreshadowing entirely correct? What actually happened? What was the outcome of the events? Who was involved in each event?

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