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 item may have been eaten to ward off fatigue?

2. The crew learns to use what as a navigation tool?

3. What sea creature most impresses Heyerdahl?

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

5. What is a frigate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the men keep occupied while out on the sea? How are conflicts handled?

4. Heyerdahl thinks about how the ancients might have gathered or transported water. What were his conclusions?

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

6. What causes the men to rethink the landing on the island?

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

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

9. How do the natives honor the crew?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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