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 accompanied the raft along the journey?

2. What was the name of Heyerdahl's translator?

3. The friend previously engaged in what profession?

4. How does Angelo kill the snake?

5. Heyerdahl went on an expedition to which island?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. What/where is Quito? What warning is received in regards to it?

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

4. What items did the first European explorers discover on the Pacific Islands?

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

6. What was the main similarity between the cultures that further convinced Heyerdahl?

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

8. What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil?

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. Who is Wilhelm and why is his role important in the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

On the ocean there is not much to do other than work, talk to one another, eat, and stare at the sea. How do the men keep occupied while out on the sea? Are there games or interaction with the sea creatures? If any conflict should arise during the course of the trip, how would it be handled? Who would make the decisions?

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