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 long is the weighted line used by the crew?

2. What is the mysterious feature that exists on Easter Island?

3. What plants are discovered in the jungle?

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

5. What saves the raft from hitting the highest reef?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. There is at least one thing that Heyerdahl feels he has in common with the ancients. What is it?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the natives from the nearby island help the crew of the Kon-Tiki? How is the plan acted out? What is the reaction of the other natives? How do the natives welcome the crew? Was the reception appropriate? Were gifts offered? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

There is at least one thing that Heyerdahl feels he has in common with the ancients. Explain in detail Heyerdahl's thoughts. What is the commonality? How does Heyerdahl arrive at the opinion? Does the rest of the crew agree or disagree? What is your opinion?

Essay Topic 3

Much of the weather in the South Seas had gone unreported, often leaving the crew in the dark as to what to expect. Why is this true? Why was it important for the crew to report the weather? To who was the weather reported? What became of the information? How might it benefit future sailors?

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