Motel of the Mysteries Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 date is referred to when discussing the great catastrophe?

2. When was that object usually placed at a scene?

3. Which one of the following items is not worn by Harriet?

4. A series of important writings is attributed to whom?

5. How long does Carson spend on the excavation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the real life description of the wall fragment found in the communal Sacred Urn room near the Great Sanctuary. Explain the real purpose of the so-called laborers' marks.

2. What covered the majority of North America?

3. Describe the pendant found in the Inner Chamber. What is it made out of and what is the inscription?

4. What was the material used to create the coffee service? Where is it manufactured?

5. How does the text describe the fragments of Plasticus Petrificus? How might it be reproduced?

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

7. The Sacred Seal is one of the most coveted items found in the Motel. Explain what souvenir was created from a replica of the Sacred Seal.

8. In what way does Harriet show that she is still devoted to Carson?

9. Explain how the scientists viewed the mosaic tile. How was it decorated? Where was it typically found?

10. How did Howard Carson find the excavation site?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The excavators and workers in the story seem to have many ideas regarding the dead, from the body's eventual destination to the storage of internal organs. Examine the text to learn about the modern civilization's ideas about the ancient dead. Do any of the ideas seem feasible? Why do you think cultures are so fascinated with burial? Compare and contrast current options for burial to those of ancient times, e.g., Egyptians.

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