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. Which is NOT among the planned stops for Heyerdahl?

2. What is the profession of the person who rejects the manuscript?

3. What is the whale shark's preferred meal?

4. Which city does Heyerdahl choose to present his theory?

5. Who is Peter Freuchen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What topic is discussed by Thor and Teka? What is Teka's reaction to Thor's theory?

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

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

7. How do the natives honor the crew?

8. Pilot fish are some of the fish that accompany the raft during the trip. How does Heyerdahl describe the pilot fish?

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

10. Heyerdahl thinks about how the ancients might have gathered or transported water. What were his conclusions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Kon-Tiki ended up docking in the lagoon of a tiny, uninhabited island. While there were no people, there were certain artifacts found. What items are found on the island and what do they indicate? How did the crew respond to finding the items? Was there any way to tell when the artifacts may have been left there? If so, what? What did the crew do with the items?

Essay Topic 2

How do the natives from the nearby island help the crew of the Kon-Tiki? How is the plan acted out? What is the reaction of the other natives? How do the natives welcome the crew? Was the reception appropriate? Were gifts offered? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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