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. Which of these is not damaged during the collision?

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

3. What is the plural of octopus?

4. New developments in stone work also appear in what location?

5. Which flag is not among those raised by the crew?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the natives honor the crew?

4. 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?

5. How did Easter Island get its name? What about the island changed at that time?

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

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

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

9. What happens when the raft approaches Angatau?

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

Once the crew has been rescued from the island, they have conversations with the tribal chief and vice-chief. Thor attempts to explain the purpose for the voyage, which leads to a discussion. What topic is discussed by Thor and Teka? What is Teka's reaction to Thor's theory? Is there a conflict? If so, how is it resolved? What is the final relationship between the crew and the natives?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Heyerdahl discusses the arrival of Christian missionaries on Easter Island. When did the missionaries arrive and what was the purpose? What item was destroyed on Easter Island that may have detailed the region's history? What was the reason for the destruction? How might the item have changed how the world perceives Easter Island?

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