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 is the name of the natives' chief?

2. What weapons do the crew members sleep with?

3. After missing the first island, the Kon-Tiki sails toward which island?

4. Which is NOT discovered on the island?

5. What does the inside of the cabin smell like?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the natives honor the crew?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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