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. Who accompanies Heyerdahl on the trip?

2. What blocks the men's path into the jungle?

3. Who accompanied Heyerdahl on the expedition?

4. Who arranges to find the first tree?

5. Which is NOT a danger the men face on the trip?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Heyerdahl's financing falls through and the trip is in jeopardy. How is the trip saved?

3. What is Peter Freuchen's opinion on the updated expedition equipment? Explain.

4. 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?

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

6. While aboard the Kon-Tiki, one of the crew members suffers from an ailment. What is the ailment? Which crew member suffers? What is done to help?

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

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

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

10. How do the Polynesians record the history of their people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is at least one thing that Heyerdahl feels he has in common with the ancients. Explain in detail Heyerdahl's thoughts. What is the commonality? How does Heyerdahl arrive at the opinion? Does the rest of the crew agree or disagree? What is your opinion?

Essay Topic 2

About the time the crew arrived at the tiny, uninhabited island, this comment was made: "'Purgatory was a bit damp,' said Bengt, 'but heaven is more or less as I'd imagined it.'" What did Bengt mean? To what was he comparing Purgatory and Heaven? Do you feel that the comparison was accurate? How might the other crew members felt about the comment?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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