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. Who arranges to find the first tree?

3. The friend previously engaged in what profession?

4. Heyerdahl compares being at sea to which activity?

5. Who was considered to be the original, a founder of the inhabitants on the Pacific Islands?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are several instances in which the Kon-Tiki encounters large and dangerous coral reefs. Explain how the crew might have avoided all the reefs, the deciding factors, and the results of the crew's actions. What might have changed the way the crew acted and reacted?

Essay Topic 3

How do the natives from the nearby island help the crew of the Kon-Tiki? How is the plan acted out? What is the reaction of the other natives? How do the natives welcome the crew? Was the reception appropriate? Were gifts offered? Explain.

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