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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. Who accompanied Heyerdahl on the expedition?
2. What is Otto Munthe-Kaas' title?
3. What blocks the men's path into the jungle?
4. What/Who is Latacunga?
5. What mountain range do the men encounter?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was the translator of little use to Heyerdahl and Watzinger? What was the result?
2. How do Heyerdahl and Watzinger procure the necessary items for their trip into the Andes?
3. What two things did the naval experts warn Heyerdahl about before the trip?
4. Why did Heyerdahl stop work on the hypothesis of the islands? Heyerdahl went into military service during World War II but resumed the work after the war was over.
5. What/where is Quito? What warning is received in regards to it?
6. What is Peter Freuchen's opinion on the updated expedition equipment? Explain.
7. Why does Heyerdahl go to the Norwegian's Sailor's Home? What does the author learn there?
8. What was the main similarity between the cultures that further convinced Heyerdahl?
9. Heyerdahl's financing falls through and the trip is in jeopardy. How is the trip saved?
10. Herman is given a pet before the Kon-Tiki sets sail. What is the pet and what happens to it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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