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

2. The inscriptions on the columns were inspired by which of the following?

3. What is found in rooms #19 and 20?

4. What date is referred to when discussing the great catastrophe?

5. Where were the most significant discoveries made after the great catastrophe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Sacred Seal? How does Carson define its purpose?

2. Where did Carson end up? What was he facing when he landed?

3. What were the "columns" discussed by scientists? What were they really? Where would they normally be found?

4. How did Howard Carson find the excavation site?

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

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

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

8. Name two pieces of jewelry worn by Harriet. What were their real uses?

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

10. How did Carson spend most of his time?

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

Many of the artifacts in the Motel are linked by Carson and the workers to some form of religious ceremony. What would cause the workers to make those assumptions? What else could be related to the artifacts in lieu of religion? What religious artifacts do you think were used in society during Carson's time? Are religious artifacts more important as symbols of religion or are they more important as historical items? Also, how could Carson know which gods were associated each sacred item found in the hotel? Would you relate those things to the same gods? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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