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. What object is draped across the chair in the room?

2. What was installed to appease the spirits of the dead?

3. What item was located directly behind the altar?

4. What was the purpose of the tradition? What does the action bring?

5. Interest was revived in the lost continent how many years ago?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Howard Carson find the excavation site?

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

4. When did the great catastrophe occur? What caused it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There are several people mentioned early in the text regarding the search for antiquities. They include Guido Michelin, Currant Bunliffe, and Howard Carson. Compare and contrast the three characters in reference to their personal and professional interests as well as their discoveries surround the ancient culture of Usa.

Essay Topic 3

Guido Michelin and Currant Bunliffe both set out to find fragments of writing that could be attributed to the Yanks.

What was the purpose of the search? What kind of information might be contained in the writing fragments? What could the new civilization learn from the old one? Why was there such a lapse between searches for the fragments? Do you think Bunliffe ever found anything? What might have happened to Bunliffe? Explain.

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