Motel of the Mysteries Test | Mid-Book 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. The characters have an acronym for ICE. What does it stand for according to the text?

2. It is eventually determined that the stripes on the earth were used for what specific purpose?

3. Everything in the room faces which of the following?

4. What was the man searching for when he disappeared?

5. How many hours a day did the group work on its longest shifts?

Short Essay Questions

1. Once the discovery of the excavation site was made known word began to spread all over the world. Who came to visit the site?

2. Explain Carson's nightmare experienced shortly after the start of the excavation.

3. How is Howard Carson's life described before the discovery of the Motel of the Mysteries?

4. What is the Sacred Seal? How does Carson define its purpose?

5. How long was it between the discovery and the beginning of the excavation? Was it successful?

6. What were the "columns" discussed by scientists? What were they really? Where would they normally be found?

7. Who did Carson often talk to during the long days at the site?

8. Carson referred to these locations in the story but what were they really?

9. Name two pieces of jewelry worn by Harriet. What were their real uses?

10. What are Carson's names for items #8, 9, & 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The sacred items found in the book may be metaphors or symbols for other objects not listed. Choose at least five of the items and relate them to what you consider to be obvious metaphors. Why did you choose the item? What makes you think that the item is a metaphor or has some symbolic meaning to the author? Explain. What metaphors could you add to the story?

Essay Topic 2

Archeologists have a fascinating but difficult job in discovering and identifying ancient objects and associating them to various cultures. Archeological finds are clearly important in learning the history of a culture, especially if the culture has not been studied. Choose a famous archeological dig. Write a 1000 word essay on the dig, its purpose and what was found at the site. Were the artifacts telling about any specific culture? Explain. Did that particular dig lead to another excavation? If so, give details on any subsequent excavations.

Essay Topic 3

There are several places in the text that make reference to curses. Even scientists who did not believe in curses came to believe after a series of accidents happened at a particular location. One example is the curse placed on the tomb of King Tut. Examine the reality of curses. Do you think curses are real? What could convince scientists to believe in curses? Examine other possible explanations for the events that happened at the excavation sites. Choose at least three sites to examine from a scientific point of view.

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