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 the mysterious feature that exists on Easter Island?

3. How is the boy cured?

4. What is the biggest danger during the near wreck?

5. Which of these is NOT presented to the crew by the natives?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What hinders the Kon-Tiki from traveling to a second island?

3. What items are found on the island and what do they indicate?

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

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

6. How does the crew avoid hitting the Takume and Raroia reefs? What is the result?

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

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

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

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

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 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 3

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?

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