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. What language is taught to Herman's parrot?

2. Which crew member returns to the natives' island?

3. The village men act out a dance with what?

4. How does the fish remain stuck?

5. What time of day is the first island discovered?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What evidence is there of the stone work on Easter Island? How did it change?

3. What is Bengt's comment regarding the near collision and trip to the island?

4. What item was destroyed on Easter Island that may have detailed the region's history? Who destroyed the item?

5. Naval experts warned the crew about certain sea life. What fish was the crew warned about and how did the crew aim to protect themselves from attack?

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

7. How is the crew rescued? Where are they taken and by who?

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

9. With whom does the crew make contact? How is the contact made?

10. Why do the crew members take the dinghy into the water? What is their reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil? Was Guayaquil the appropriate spot for the mission? Describe the climate and general atmosphere of Guayaquil along with its location and overview of its culture. Explain the level of success of the mission and state the reasons for the opinion.

Essay Topic 2

The book details the end of the journey after the Kon-Tiki arrives at its destination. Detail the landing of the Kon-Tiki, its location, and how it was received. Who was on hand to welcome the crew ashore? Did the trip prove Heyerdahl's theory? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Polynesians celebrate an oral history, told by Tei Tetua. Examine the tales told by Tei Tuta and how they affected Heyerdahl. Given the manner in which the stories were told, do you think they were accurate? Did the stories prove or disprove any of Heyerdahl's own theories? Were any of Tei Tetua's stories proven or disproved by the trip made by the Kon-Tiki?

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