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. Who went on a quest and disappeared 400 years later?

2. What item of Carson's was temporarily lost?

3. How many matches does Carson light in total?

4. What is the most important item in the chamber?

5. This character was also highly interested in studying what animal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Explain the Sacred Headband. What is the inscription on it?

7. What was Carson's reaction when he realized what he had found?

8. What covered the majority of North America?

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

10. Why was #9 proportioned in a specific way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Macaulay was very creative in coming up with alternate uses and meanings for all of the objects found in the Motel of the Mysteries. How do you think Macaulay managed to make up the items and still manage to be funny? What other objects might have been included in the text? Would you be able to come up with a similar scenario? Explain. What did the objects in the motel symbolize? Do you think the author had any specific idea in mind, such as relating specific items to religious affiliations? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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