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 causes some of the ropes to break?

2. What word is used to describe the crew?

3. Which of these is NOT known to eat plankton?

4. Which of these items was not mentioned as a use/source of water for the South American pilgrims?

5. Squid land on what part of the raft?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Heyerdahl's explanation of the reality of the hut versus the waves?

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. What causes the men to rethink the landing on the island?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The crew is surprised when they are able to make radio contact with a ham radio operator in Los Angeles named Hal. Why was the crew surprised to make contact? How did Hal respond to the conversation? Did the crew members ever speak to Hal again? What information was exchanged?

Essay Topic 2

How do the natives from the nearby island help the crew of the Kon-Tiki? How is the plan acted out? What is the reaction of the other natives? How do the natives welcome the crew? Was the reception appropriate? Were gifts offered? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Polynesians celebrate an oral history, told by Tei Tetua. Examine the tales told by Tei Tuta and how they affected Heyerdahl. Given the manner in which the stories were told, do you think they were accurate? Did the stories prove or disprove any of Heyerdahl's own theories? Were any of Tei Tetua's stories proven or disproved by the trip made by the Kon-Tiki?

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