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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 causes the raft to get stuck?
2. What time of day is the first island discovered?
3. What does the inside of the cabin smell like?
4. Which of these is NOT known to eat plankton?
5. The crew learns to use what as a navigation tool?
Short Essay Questions
1. What danger attacks two crew members? How do they escape?
2. What type of food do the men eat on board? What are the options?
3. What is Heyerdahl's explanation of the reality of the hut versus the waves?
4. Heyerdahl thinks about how the ancients might have gathered or transported water. What were his conclusions?
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. How does the crew avoid hitting the Takume and Raroia reefs? What is the result?
7. There is at least one thing that Heyerdahl feels he has in common with the ancients. What is it?
8. The crew entertains themselves by playing with what dangerous sea creatures? How do they play with them?
9. What evidence is there of the stone work on Easter Island? How did it change?
10. What causes the men to rethink the landing on the island?
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
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 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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