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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. On which island does Heyerdahl land?
2. Who accompanies Heyerdahl on the trip?
3. Heyerdahl refers to technologies developed in what time period? What event interrupted Heyerdahl's research? World War II World War I Stock market crash Assassination of JFK Which city does Heyerdahl choose to present his theory? New York Tokyo London Honolulu
4. Where is the naval station located?
5. What Lake is mentioned in regard to the story?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Wilhelm and why is his role important in the story?
2. What/where is Quito? What warning is received in regards to it?
3. What is the purpose Heyerdahl presents his manuscript to Carl? What is Carl's authority?
4. What unusual fish is observed from the raft? What becomes of the fish?
5. What is Peter Freuchen's opinion on the updated expedition equipment? Explain.
6. What other story from Peruvian history mirrors that of the natives of the Pacific Islands?
7. What two things did the naval experts warn Heyerdahl about before the trip?
8. What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil?
9. Herman is given a pet before the Kon-Tiki sets sail. What is the pet and what happens to it?
10. 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?
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
The natives of a nearby island approached the crew in two outrigger canoes. The natives said that they wanted to wait until daylight to approach the island. Why? How did the natives know that the crew was on the island? How did the natives attempt to help? What was the resolution?
Essay Topic 3
The Kon-Tiki ended up docking in the lagoon of a tiny, uninhabited island. While there were no people, there were certain artifacts found. What items are found on the island and what do they indicate? How did the crew respond to finding the items? Was there any way to tell when the artifacts may have been left there? If so, what? What did the crew do with the items?
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