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. Hooligan believed that the stripes were used for which of the following?

2. What phrase is used to describe this character's life up to this point?

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

4. How long does Carson spend on the excavation?

5. What number is attached to the room that holds the Sacred Eye?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Carson spend most of his time?

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

5. How does Carson refer to the faucets? Where are they located?

6. What was the result? How long did it take?

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

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

9. When was there an interest rekindled in North America? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The basis of Motel of the Mysteries surrounds the study of a fallen civilization. Discuss the characters' fascination with the ancient culture ruined thousands of years before. Why are the historians and archeologists so interested in what happened 2000 years ago? How can archeologists know the age of a particular artifact? How can they know if it belongs to a particular culture? What if a newly discovered artifact does not belong to any known culture? What kind of artifacts might the archeologists find to support their theories?

Essay Topic 2

Howard Carson is painted as a ne'er do well in the beginning of the book. How did Carson make a living? What was the man's level of ambition? Why did Carson decide it was time to change his life? How did he propose to make changes? Were those goals accomplished? Did the effort to change cause Carson to land at the Motel of the Mysteries? How did Carson handle the discovery of the motel? Did Carson see the discovery as his destiny? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The Triumphal Arch was considered to be one of the most significant finds regarding the ancient culture of Usa. Discuss the Triumphal Arch and its use as a gateway. Do you think the explanation of the arch's placement in relation to the west coast falling into the ocean makes any sense? Do think there was a specific placement of the arch? Explain. Other pieces of architecture are represented in the book as being important discoveries. Why are monuments so interesting to archeologists and historians? How do you think they arrived at the explanations listed in the book? Do you think any other explanations might have been considered? Explain.

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