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. Carson often woke in the night screaming out what word?

2. Apparently the citizens most obsessed with religion were:

3. What originally concealed the item and kept it from view?

4. What is the name of Carson's companion?

5. Which of the following objects is not on the dresser?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did the excavation begin? How long did it last? Who helped?

2. How did Howard Carson find the excavation site?

3. What is the Sacred Parchment? What is its use?

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

5. What did German scholar Heinrich von Hooligan discover? What was the alleged purpose of the items(s)?

6. The item(s) were eventually classified as being what?

7. Where did Carson end up? What was he facing when he landed?

8. How did Carson spend most of his time?

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

10. What did Harriet say in reference to the opening of the door at Tomb #26?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Along with spending many years working on the excavation site, Carson never gave up his fascination with camels. One could say that the dromedary research was Carson's life's work. Write an essay about what could become your life's work. In what professional area would you want to spend the rest of your life? Explain. What would it take for you to get to that place? What would be the pros and cons of the profession?

Essay Topic 2

Carson was mesmerized with wonder and fear when he first discovered Tomb #26. Which emotion was the strongest? How do you think Carson decided to forge ahead and open the door of the tomb? What did Carson expect to find behind the door? How would you feel in Carson's position? Would you open the door? What might you expect to find behind a locked door in an underground shaft?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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