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. What is the name of the old man that tells the history of the region?

2. How long are the nearly invisible visitors?

3. What is another name for the people of this region?

4. The chief god was related to what element?

5. Heyerdahl is a member of what New York City club?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What other story from Peruvian history mirrors that of the natives of the Pacific Islands?

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

4. Why was the translator of little use to Heyerdahl and Watzinger? What was the result?

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

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

7. The men face much natural interference in their trek into the jungle. What happens?

8. What occurs after Heyerdahl tries to establish a contact with an old military connection. Why does Heyerdahl make the contact?

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

10. What was the first observation that led Heyerdahl to develop the theory about the Pacific Islands?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the personalities of Thor Heyerdahl and Peter Freuchen, the Danish Arctic explorer. Was one of the men correct? Were they opinions expressed by the men in direct conflict? Did either of them prove to be correct?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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