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

2. What item glinted in the light when the door was opened?

3. What item was located directly behind the altar?

4. What is the item allegedly used for according to the characters?

5. What word is used to describe the state of the crew at this point?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Carson do one day while eating his lunch?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happened to Carson as he stood surveying the site?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author makes a solid point regarding pollution and the state of the ozone layer. As a result of decades of polluting the air and not caring about the ozone, it was only a matter of time before Pollutantus Gravitas would fall to the earth and smother out the Yank civilization. Compare and contrast the condition of pollution and the ozone layer from 1985 and today. What are the most significant changes? Were there any parts of the story that could be even remotely correct? Explain. How has pollution changed over the years? In your opinion, does pollution have anything to do with global warming?

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

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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