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. What magazine does this character often reference?

2. Where does Carson end up by mistake?

3. What does Carson do to be able to get inside?

4. What was installed to appease the spirits of the dead?

5. How many pairs of shoes are there in the room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What covered the majority of North America?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, Howard Carson maintains a fascination with camels. In the beginning of the book, Carson researches hump productivity. What prompted Carson to study hump productivity in the first place? Does Carson ever figure out the use for the camel's hump? How could it become more "productive?" What would it produce? Why do you think Carson was so fascinated with camels? What is the mass that makes up a camel's hump? What were Carson's final assessments and/or achievements regarding the camel? What piece of history was made due to Carson's research?

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

Guido Michelin and Currant Bunliffe both set out to find fragments of writing that could be attributed to the Yanks.

What was the purpose of the search? What kind of information might be contained in the writing fragments? What could the new civilization learn from the old one? Why was there such a lapse between searches for the fragments? Do you think Bunliffe ever found anything? What might have happened to Bunliffe? Explain.

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