Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft Test | Final 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 do the men scare away the small sharks?

2. What is floating in the ocean along with the crabs?

3. What are stationed atop of the statues at Easter Island?

4. What seems to welcome the men?

5. What sign gives the crew hope?

Short Essay Questions

1. The crew entertains themselves by playing with what dangerous sea creatures? How do they play with them?

2. What is Heyerdahl's explanation of the reality of the hut versus the waves?

3. Where is the final destination? Who invites/receives the crew?

4. How do the natives honor the crew?

5. Where do the men nearly land? How do they determine the name?

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

7. There is one thing that turns out to be advantageous to a raft that would be dangerous to a boat. What is it? What is the advantage?

8. What danger attacks two crew members? How do they escape?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There are several instances in which the Kon-Tiki encounters large and dangerous coral reefs. Explain how the crew might have avoided all the reefs, the deciding factors, and the results of the crew's actions. What might have changed the way the crew acted and reacted?

Essay Topic 3

The crew is surprised when they are able to make radio contact with a ham radio operator in Los Angeles named Hal. Why was the crew surprised to make contact? How did Hal respond to the conversation? Did the crew members ever speak to Hal again? What information was exchanged?

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