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. The chief god was related to what element?

2. What idea begins to develop in Heyerdahl's imagination?

3. How do the men get to the jungle?

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

5. What kind of flowers are displayed by Federico?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What was the main similarity between the cultures that further convinced Heyerdahl?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Before the Kon-Tiki set sail, many naval experts warned Heyerdahl and his crew about specific dangers out at sea. What do naval experts warn the crew about and does it come true? What did the naval experts get right? What was wrong about the opinions? Did the crew handle the disasters better or worse than expected?

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

Peruvian President Nieto is interested in learning more about the Kon-Tiki expedition which he had read about in the newspaper. While the president does not think that the trip will be a success, he is willing to help. Examine the President's thoughts, motives, and possible biases. Was the president willing to help for the benefit of science, for personal gain, or neither?

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