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. With whom does Heyerdahl meet in Lima?

2. Who accompanies Heyerdahl on the trip?

3. What is Heyerdahl's native country?

4. How many crew members work together on a shift?

5. The ancient story involves the building of what objects?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Herman is given a pet before the Kon-Tiki sets sail. What is the pet and what happens to it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several cases of foreshadowing used in the book. At least two involve the forthcoming incident of a man going overboard. Was the foreshadowing entirely correct? What actually happened? What was the outcome of the events? Who was involved in each event?

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

About the time the crew arrived at the tiny, uninhabited island, this comment was made: "'Purgatory was a bit damp,' said Bengt, 'but heaven is more or less as I'd imagined it.'" What did Bengt mean? To what was he comparing Purgatory and Heaven? Do you feel that the comparison was accurate? How might the other crew members felt about the comment?

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