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 common tradition of the people of this region?

2. What is the name of the chief god of the island?

3. What is one of Heyerdahl's main concerns in planning a route?

4. Heyerdahl went on an expedition to which island?

5. On which island does Heyerdahl land?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of pet is adopted by the crew while out at sea? What does the pet eat?

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

3. What topic is discussed by Thor and Teka? What is Teka's reaction to Thor's theory?

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

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

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

7. What are the names given to the South Sea Islands?

8. How many trees are felled by the men? Why are the trees named before they are cut down?

9. Pilot fish are some of the fish that accompany the raft during the trip. How does Heyerdahl describe the pilot fish?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal said about the mysterious Easter Island. How did Easter Island get its name? What about the island changed at that time? Why is the region considered to be mysterious? Has any new information about the island been uncovered since the publishing of "Kon-Tiki?" If so, what? Does it cast a new light on the story?

Essay Topic 2

Much of the weather in the South Seas had gone unreported, often leaving the crew in the dark as to what to expect. Why is this true? Why was it important for the crew to report the weather? To who was the weather reported? What became of the information? How might it benefit future sailors?

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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