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. How many crew members work together on a shift?

2. Which was NOT one of the names given to the fallen trees?

3. What item does Alvarez give to Heyerdahl?

4. What is Heyerdahl's profession?

5. What is Heyerdahl's native country?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. While aboard the Kon-Tiki, one of the crew members suffers from an ailment. What is the ailment? Which crew member suffers? What is done to help?

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

7. What piece of information strengthens Heyerdahl's theory?

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

9. What was the main similarity between the cultures that further convinced Heyerdahl?

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

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

What was the first observation that led Heyerdahl to develop the theory about the Pacific Islands? Do you think that the author had significant information to develop such a theory? Who believed or disbelieved Heyerdahl's theory? How did those opinions affect the trip eventually undertaken by the Kon-Tiki?

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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