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. Which accompanied the raft along the journey?

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

3. At the point of being guided toward that location, how long had the Kon-Tiki been at sea?

4. What is the unique item that is included on the prehistoric Incan rafts?

5. What/Who is Latacunga?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does the Kon-Tiki nearly make an unscheduled stop on the Galapagos Islands? Why is the landing aborted?

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

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

9. What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Before the Kon-Tiki set sail, many naval experts warned Heyerdahl and his crew about specific dangers out at sea. What do naval experts warn the crew about and does it come true? What did the naval experts get right? What was wrong about the opinions? Did the crew handle the disasters better or worse than expected?

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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