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. Where is the naval station located?

2. What is the most amount the raft will travel in one day?

3. How does Angelo kill the snake?

4. What is the profession of the person who rejects the manuscript?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What two things did the naval experts warn Heyerdahl about before the trip?

3. What was the first observation that led Heyerdahl to develop the theory about the Pacific Islands?

4. How does Heyerdahl come to formulate the plan for the trip? What are the reactions of his friends and colleagues?

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

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

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

8. What is the Peruvian President's interest in the expedition? Does the president help or hinder the expedition?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is at least one thing that Heyerdahl feels he has in common with the ancients. Explain in detail Heyerdahl's thoughts. What is the commonality? How does Heyerdahl arrive at the opinion? Does the rest of the crew agree or disagree? What is your opinion?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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