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. In how many hours was the crew supposed to make contact?

2. How do the men scare away the small sharks?

3. What language is taught to Herman's parrot?

4. Bengt likes to read books on what topic?

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

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

3. What type of food do the men eat on board? What are the options?

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

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 topic is discussed by Thor and Teka? What is Teka's reaction to Thor's theory?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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