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. Heyerdahl compares the phosphorescence of the plankton to what object?

2. From what ailment does the little boy suffer?

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

4. With what vessel does the crew go out for a spin?

5. What time of day is the first island discovered?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the crew members take the dinghy into the water? What is their reaction?

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when the raft approaches Angatau?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Before the Kon-Tiki set sail, many naval experts warned Heyerdahl and his crew about specific dangers out at sea. What do naval experts warn the crew about and does it come true? What did the naval experts get right? What was wrong about the opinions? Did the crew handle the disasters better or worse than expected?

Essay Topic 2

On the ocean there is not much to do other than work, talk to one another, eat, and stare at the sea. How do the men keep occupied while out on the sea? Are there games or interaction with the sea creatures? If any conflict should arise during the course of the trip, how would it be handled? Who would make the decisions?

Essay Topic 3

The natives of a nearby island approached the crew in two outrigger canoes. The natives said that they wanted to wait until daylight to approach the island. Why? How did the natives know that the crew was on the island? How did the natives attempt to help? What was the resolution?

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