Fingerprints of the Gods Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Graham Hancock
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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 did Hancock view myths in Chapter 25?

2. According to Chapter 26, what were the Earth's conditions when man originated?

3. What destroyed any ancient civilizations in the Olmecs area of Mexico?

4. How long was Queen Maud Land ice-free?

5. According to Chapter 27, during what years did the Ice Age animal extinctions occur?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the ancient Egyptians mean when they believed the Sphinx guarded the "Splendid Place at the Beginning of All Time"?

2. How did the ancients come upon their use of pi?

3. What is eccentricity?

4. In the Introduction, why did Hancock study the Admiral Piri Reis Map?

5. Why did Hancock determine that the ancient Egyptians' astronomical observation and knowledge of solar system mechanics was clearer than assumed in Chapter 42?

6. In Chapter 14, how is the god Quetzlcoatl characterized?

7. Is Hancock's message in Chapter 52 justified, based on the book as a whole?

8. What did the founder of modern Egyptology mean in Chapter 34 when he said that the Great Pyramid's builders "thought like men 100 feet tall"?

9. Should the Olmecs' homeland have been destroyed by oil interests?

10. What was the explanation for early maps showing widely separated parts of the Earth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role do deities play in the book? In what different places do you find deities that are similar in appearance and action? What do they tell us about ancient religion?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapters 33 through 39, the author seemed to have trouble understanding the mindset of a people (the ancient Egyptians) that would go to such extraordinary lengths to incorporate perfect engineering accuracy into their structures. What possibilities did he consider, and what did he ultimately conclude?

Essay Topic 3

What did Hancock learn about the Nazca people and their beliefs and values, based on the permanent drawings in the desert they left behind for posterity?

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