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 are the reefs encountered by the Kon-Tiki?

2. What reaction do the fish have to the big storm?

3. The natives develop sudden advancement in what skill?

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

5. What is the name of the first person contacted by radio?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. With whom does the crew make contact? How is the contact made?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of the trip to Guayaquil? Was Guayaquil the appropriate spot for the mission? Describe the climate and general atmosphere of Guayaquil along with its location and overview of its culture. Explain the level of success of the mission and state the reasons for the opinion.

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

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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