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. Carson realizes that he is directly in front of what type of structure?

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

3. By the end of the seventh year, how many volunteers worked at the excavation site?

4. What is the name of the deity that has a statue in the room?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did German scholar Heinrich von Hooligan discover? What was the alleged purpose of the items(s)?

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

7. How did Carson spend most of his time?

8. What covered the majority of North America?

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

10. What happened right after the catastrophe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carson was mesmerized with wonder and fear when he first discovered Tomb #26. Which emotion was the strongest? How do you think Carson decided to forge ahead and open the door of the tomb? What did Carson expect to find behind the door? How would you feel in Carson's position? Would you open the door? What might you expect to find behind a locked door in an underground shaft?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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