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 rejects Heyerdahl's manuscript?

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

3. The naval experts were wrong about the longevity of what item?

4. On which island does Heyerdahl land?

5. What is Heyerdahl's native country?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Herman is given a pet before the Kon-Tiki sets sail. What is the pet and what happens to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The crew is surprised when they are able to make radio contact with a ham radio operator in Los Angeles named Hal. Why was the crew surprised to make contact? How did Hal respond to the conversation? Did the crew members ever speak to Hal again? What information was exchanged?

Essay Topic 2

Once the crew has been rescued from the island, they have conversations with the tribal chief and vice-chief. Thor attempts to explain the purpose for the voyage, which leads to a discussion. What topic is discussed by Thor and Teka? What is Teka's reaction to Thor's theory? Is there a conflict? If so, how is it resolved? What is the final relationship between the crew and the natives?

Essay Topic 3

Heyerdahl discusses the arrival of Christian missionaries on Easter Island. When did the missionaries arrive and what was the purpose? What item was destroyed on Easter Island that may have detailed the region's history? What was the reason for the destruction? How might the item have changed how the world perceives Easter Island?

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